Distinguished Lecture Series: Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut

Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, Mary Linn Auditorium

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fred Haise spent 20 years with NASA and is the Apollo 13 astronaut portrayed by actor Bill Paxton in the blockbuster film “Apollo 13,” which depicts the ill-fated 1970 space mission. He will present a lecture, titled "Failure is Not an Option," at 7:30 p.m. at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Haise began his NASA career as an aeronautical research pilot at Lewis Research Center in 1959. He performed further assignments as a research pilot at the NASA Flight Research Center in 1963 and as an astronaut at Johnson Space Center in 1966. He was a backup crew member for the Apollo 8, 11 and 16 missions and flew as the lunar module pilot on the aborted Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970.

He also flew five flights as the commander of the Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1977 for the Approach and Landing Program at Edwards Air Force Base. President Richard Nixon awarded him in 1970 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His other honors include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Haley Astronautics Award, the General Thomas D. White Space Trophy, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Award, the NASA Special Achievement Award and induction into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

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