Astronaut aboard NASA’s catastrophic Apollo 13 lunar mission to speak at Space Center Houston

An astronaut famously known for his participation in the aborted Apollo 13 mission to the Moon will be speaking at Space Center Houston next week.

Fred Haise was just 36 years old when the Apollo 13 mission launched to the Moon in April 1970. But an oxygen tank exploded two days after lift off, forcing Haise and the two other crewmembers to abort their lunar landing.

On March 16, Haise will discuss his experience on this mission, as well as his full NASA career, according to Space Center Houston.

Haise retired from NASA nine years after that mission, in 1979, but was “instrumental” in developing the Space Shuttle program. He is now 84 and one of two Apollo 13 crewmembers still alive today.

He will be speaking from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Space Center Houston, 1601 E NASA Parkway, Houston.

You can reserve your free tickets here.

Alex Stuckey covers NASA and the environment for the Houston Chronicle. You can reach her at or

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