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For Release: Feb. 29, 1996
Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122
Release No. 96-011

The Apollo 13 Accident Investigation: A Personal History

Although the Apollo 13 astronauts never got the chance to explore the geology of the moon, they and their colleagues on the ground demonstrated to the world what NASA could do in situations of grave danger, working under extreme pressure.

Based on his personal experience as a member of the Apollo 13 investigation board, Dr. Hans Mark will describe the accident and the investigative process that uncovered the sequence of events leading to it. Mark will speak Tuesday, March 5 at 2 p.m. at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, Hampton, Va.

Mark was named chancellor of The University of Texas System in 1984, and now teaches at the University of Texas-Austin. Before joining the University of Texas, he was deputy administrator of NASA. From 1977 to 1979, Mark was undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force, and was appointed secretary of the Air Force by President Carter in 1979. Mark is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including two NASA Distinguished Service Medals and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. Media who wish to attend this briefing should contact Catherine Watson at (804) 864-6122.


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