In "Into the Wild" how was Walt associated with space projects and what was his first marriage like?

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Walt, Chris’ father, worked for NASA and for a company called Hughes Aircraft.  With his first wife, whose name was Marcia, Walt had five children.  Their marriage fell apart because Walt was cheating on Marcia with Chris’ mother, Billie. Although Walt was not yet married to Billie, he lived this lifestyle, living with both women, for seven years until Marcia found out about it when Chris was already two years old.  At this point, he left Marcia and his five children with her and moved in with Billie and Chris and got married.  Chris did not learn about this until he was in high school and when he does learn about it, he completely changes the way that he thinks about his father and his outlook on life.

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