James Lovell was born
on March 25, 1928. Lovell has spent 30 days in space.
He was on the Apollo
13, where he and his crewmates, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, returned to
Earth in the cramped lunar module because of an explosion onboard. Some
superstitious people may think that this was caused because Lovell said,
"The Moon is essentially gray, no color...looks like plaster of
Paris, sort of gray sand." Who knows maybe they are right. The
science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein said "the Moon is a harsh
mistress." Perhaps it was the unlucky number assigned to this
Lovell was also on
Apollo 8, which came within 10 miles of the lunar surface for a test
He piloted Gemini 7
(December 4-18, 1965) and Gemini 12 (November 11-15, 1966).
He retired from NASA
in March of 1973.
8 (December 21-27, 1968) Apollo 13 (April 11-17, 1970) Gemini 7 ( December
4-18, 1965) Gemini 12 (November 11-15, 1966)