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Frederick Ordway III, Huntsville space pioneer, dies at 87

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Frederick Ordway III was technical advisor to the film '2001: A Space Odyssey.' (Source: US Space & Rocket Center) Frederick Ordway III was technical advisor to the film '2001: A Space Odyssey.' (Source: US Space & Rocket Center)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A beloved space pioneer and well-known visionary has passed away.

Frederick Ordway III died Tuesday at the age of 87 in Huntsville. He is best known for his work as technical advisor to the film "2001: A Space Odyssey." He is also noted for his work with Dr. Wernher von Braun on the Apollo program at Marshall Space Flight Center.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center Director of Exhibits Jennifer Crozier said Ordway's work on "2001" was near to his heart, and something he continued to speak about, as recently as April at the center.

Ordway's daughter, Aliette Marisol Lambert, said her father never lost his love for space.

"That was his goal in life, to help keep the love of space alive," Lambert said. "His number-one goal was for the world to keep its eyes on the universe."

Ordway was the longest-serving member of the American Rocket Society, joining in 1939 as its youngest-ever member.

At the request of his family, donations in Fred Ordway's memory may be made to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation to support the 2001 Space Odyssey exhibit.

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