An Apollo 13 astronaut shares his story during an online virtual event in San Francisco – April 13, 2022

Fred Haise was to become the sixth person to walk on the moon. But three days into its journey on Apollo 13, an oxygen tank exploded, instantly turning a groundbreaking mission into an unprecedented effort to return three astronauts safely to Earth. More than half a century later, the successful rescue remains one of NASA’s most famous achievements.

Haise’s new memoir, Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey, looks back on this extraordinary event as part of a NASA career that spanned 20 years and included five space shuttle test flights before his retirement in 1979.

Join us online Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. ET for an inspiring evening where you’ll hear from Haise himself. Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Apollo spacecraft collection at the National Air and Space Museum, would launch the program with a brief lecture on the status of the Apollo program in April 1970. Then, in conversation with Dr. Muir- Harmony, Haise will commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 13 crisis by reflecting on cheating death – more than once! – and to live the first exhilarating days of the space program.

Following their discussion, Smithsonian magazine reporter Chris Klimek will host a Q&A where you can ask your own questions.

After the event, a recording will be made available to ticket holders via email and will be available for viewing on demand for one week.

Photo credits: S.m.

Fred Haise was to become the sixth person to walk on the moon. But three days into its journey on Apollo 13, an oxygen tank exploded, instantly turning a groundbreaking mission into an unprecedented effort to return three astronauts safely to Earth. More than half a century later, the successful rescue remains one of NASA’s most famous achievements.

Haise’s new memoir, Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey, looks back on this extraordinary event as part of a NASA career that spanned 20 years and included five space shuttle test flights before his retirement in 1979.

Join us online Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. ET for an inspiring evening where you’ll hear from Haise himself. Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Apollo spacecraft collection at the National Air and Space Museum, would launch the program with a brief lecture on the status of the Apollo program in April 1970. Then, in conversation with Dr. Muir- Harmony, Haise will commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 13 crisis by reflecting on cheating death – more than once! – and to live the first exhilarating days of the space program.

Following their discussion, Smithsonian magazine reporter Chris Klimek will host a Q&A where you can ask your own questions.

After the event, a recording will be made available to ticket holders via email and will be available for viewing on demand for one week.

Photo credits: S.m.

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