Haise was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as backup lunar module pilot for the Apollo 8 and 11 missions, and backup spacecraft commander for the Apollo 16 mission. Haise has logged 142 hours and 54 minutes in space.
Failure Was Not an Option for Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise
Fred Haise didn’t get to see much of the NASA centers he visited while training during the Apollo era. After all, he was gearing up to go the Moon.
The former astronaut paid a visit to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, he got quite the experience – especially at the historical gantry facility, known as the Lunar Landing Research Facility during the time Haise trained here to go to space.