Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell first went into space aboard Gemini 7 in 1965. He was also the Gemini 12 mission commander before serving as the command module pilot on Apollo 8, the first time humans orbited the Moon.

In 1970 Lovell made his final flight into space aboard the ill-fated Apollo 13. The planned third lunar landing had to be aborted when an oxygen tank explosion crippled the spacecraft en route to the Moon. Lovell and his fellow astronauts narrowly survived their ordeal.

Photo: Jim Lovell speaks to the Senate Space Committee after the Apollo 13 mission (NASA)

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About Jim Lovell

An American astronaut narrowly escapes death on his fourth space flight.

About Jim Lovell

James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr., (born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control. Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit. Lovell is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. Lovell was also the first person to fly in space four times.

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