Belarusian who helped USA land on Moon dies aged 107

Belarusian who helped USA land on Moon dies aged 107

A public figure, teacher, well-known physicist and mathematician of Belarusian origin, Boris Kit, died aged 107.

Boris Kit (Kita) was born in 1910 in St. Petersburg in a Belarusian family - his father was an employee of the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs of the Russian Empire. In 1918, the family returned to Belarus.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s he worked as a director of the Vilnius Belarusian Gymnasium, and afterwards director at a gymnasium in Novogrudok, a school inspector in the Baranovichi region (now abolished), was the founder of a number of primary and secondary schools.

At the end of WWII, Kit emigrated to Germany, where he studied medicine at the University of Munich and taught mathematics in local high schools.

In 1949 he emigrated to the United States. Lived in New York, South River, and Los Angeles. In California, he participated in the space projects of the company North American Aviation, in particular, he worked on the creation of Navaho, Shuttle and in the Moon program for Apollo.

He received world recognition for his research and development of rocket fuel for space vehicles.

In 1958, Kit was invited to Washington to work in the Space Division of the Air Defense Department of the US Department of Defense. In 1963, he joined the ITT corporation, which dealt with communication satellites. Kit developed communications for spacecraft.

In 1972 he moved to Germany where he returned to teaching. In 1987 and 1990 he received several honorary titles as a professor.

He spent last years at a local nursing home.

Boris Kit is an academician of the International Academy of Astronautics, an honorary doctor of science at the Yanka Kupala State University in Grodno, an honorary citizen of the Belarusian town of Novogrudok.