Stennis Commemorates Apollo 13 Lunar Mission
Biloxi native Fred Haise talks about his experience as lunar module pilot on the Apollo 13 mission during a presentation at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center commemorating the 40th anniversary of the flight. Originally scheduled as the third lunar landing mission, the Apollo 13 command module was crippled by an oxygen tank explosion two days into the flight. Haise and fellow astronauts James Lovell and Jack Swigert were forced to use the lunar module as a floating "lifeboat" and spent the next four days on a dramatic return home. Haise (against the backdrop of a 1970 Apollo 13 photo) spoke of the mission during an afternoon of activities for Stennis employees and area senior citizens on April 20. Participants were able to tour Apollo 13 exhibits, take photos with Haise, collect NASA-related items and offer their own remembrances of the 40-year-old mission.