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A conversation with the Seattle doctor who helped put the Apollo 11 team on the moon

Ballard resident Dr. Jim Joki was part of the team responsible for developing and testing the moon suits and had a front-row seat in Mission Control that epic day.

SEATTLE — Dr. Jim Joki has spent 40 years delivering babies as an OB/GYN, but before that, he had a hand in one of the most amazing moments in history. Not only did he have a front-row seat in Mission Control as Apollo 11 landed on the moon, but as a NASA engineer, he helped develop and test the spacesuits, backpacks, visors, gloves, and oxygen systems that made that epic moonwalk possible.

Dr. Joki shares more about his experience at NASA and how, he says, delivering babies is not all that different from working in Mission Control.

See also: Meet the Seattle Engineer Behind the Apollo 11 Spacesuit

Credit: Dr. Jim Joki
Dr. Jim Joki flashes a peace sign while donning a spacesuit he helped create that would put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.

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