Apollo 13’s Fred Haise Attends America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary

| June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fred Haise, who along with Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert survived Apollo 13’s harrowing mission, will be in attendance at the June 7 event.

A star-studded forum of astronauts and mission control directors will share in-depth personal experiences from NASA’s legendary Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs with Museum guests during a rare special event, America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16, at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park on Wednesday, June 7.

Fred Haise has joined the growing list of confirmed attendees. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13, Haise planned to land on the surface of the moon and make a series of explorations. Instead, he battled to survive the journey around the moon and back home. He had previously served on the backup crews for Apollo 8 and Apollo 11. Later, he flew Space Shuttle Enterprise to three successful test landings, clearing the way for the shuttle to fly in space.

In addition to Haise, the list of confirmed attendees now includes: Charlie Duke (Apollo 16),
Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Gerry Griffin (Apollo 12, 15 and 17), and Glynn Lunney (Apollo 13).

Twenty-four Americans journeyed to the moon in just four years – from 1968 to 1972. Lunar exploration hit new heights during the last two of those four years, with extended stays on the moon, ambitious exploration on the surface and from orbit, and long journeys in electric powered lunar rovers.

America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16 is a rare opportunity to meet today’s trailblazers as they share their vision of the Final Frontier. This exciting evening will highlight the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs and offer a glimpse into the future of space exploration.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Museum’s youth education programs. For more information and to purchase tickets for America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16 visit http://sandiegoairandspace.org/calendar/event/america-celebrates-the-45th-anniversary-of-apollo-16.

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