NASA Honors Biloxi's Apollo Astronaut Fred Haise with Moon Rock
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (second from left) honored Apollo 13 astronaut and Biloxi, Miss., native Fred Haise (center) with the agency's Ambassador of Exploration Award during a Dec. 2 ceremony at Gorenflo Elementary School in Biloxi. The Ambassador of Exploration Award honors the sacrifices of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts and involves presentation of an encased moon rock to the astronaut or his family. Recipients typically donate the moon rock for display at a museum or other site. During the Dec. 2 ceremony, Haise presented his moon rock to Gorenflo Elementary School in Biloxi, where the former astronaut began his education. Participants in the ceremony included (l to r): Gorenflo Principal Tina Thompson; Bolden; Haise; Biloxi Public School System Superintendent Paul Tisdale; and NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center Director Gene Goldman.