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Issam El Nimr

Pioneering Space Scientist

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Date of Birth:



Jenin, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Key Contributor to Lunar Missions

Brief bio

Issam El Nimr was a pioneering Palestinian-American space scientist renowned for his role in the development of lunar modules and his involvement in the Apollo missions, particularly the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing.

Major Milestones


  • 1953 Graduation: Graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in engineering sciences.

  • Ph.D. Achievement: Earned his Ph.D. from New York University specializing in quantitative calculation.

  • Engineering Career: Started his career as a development engineer in Chicago before joining the California Rocket Dean Corporation in 1960...See More

  • NASA Involvement: Joined NASA in 1968, where he led the test group for the lunar module used in the Apollo missions...See More

  • Apollo 11 Contribution: Played a crucial role in the launch of Apollo 11, which successfully landed the first humans on the moon in 1969.

  • Lunar Module Development: Contributed to the development and testing of the lunar module critical for the success of moon landings.

  • Apollo Missions: Was part of the team responsible for several Apollo missions, providing expertise that ensured their success...See More

  • Innovations in Space Science: His work in developing internal combustion machines helped advance the technology used in space exploration.

  • Mentorship and Leadership: Led and mentored teams at NASA, significantly influencing the field of space exploration and engineering.

  • Educational Impact: Through his work, Issam has inspired many in the field of aerospace and beyond, contributing to educational initiatives and public knowledge on space exploration.

Date of Last Update: 
May 9, 2024

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