North Central Michigan College’s Lecture Series features Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise.
Fred Haise began his 20-year NASA career as an aeronautical research pilot, serving as backup crew for the Apollo 8, 11 and 16 missions and commander of the Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1977 for the Approach and Landing Program at Edwards Air Force Base. But Haise is most well known as a crew member on the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970. Portrayed by actor Bill Paxton in the Apollo 13 movie, Haise was the lunar module pilot on the space mission.
In 1973, while flying an aircraft used in the filming of the Pearl Harbor movie Tora! Tora! Tora!, Haise was involved in an accident with a BT 13 aircraft that had been modified for the film. A fire erupted and Haise was burned over 65% of his body. It would take 14 months of recovery and rehabilitation before he could return to the skies to subsequently command the Space Shuttle Enterprise in the 1977 approach and landing tests.
Haise served as president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, among others. He has also been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Doors open at 6:15pm. Tickets available at the North Central Michigan College Student Services office, fitness office and bookstore on the Petoskey campus and at the college’s Gaylord and Cheboygan offices. For more information, call North Central Michigan College at 231.439.6218.
Petoskey, on Little Traverse Bay, is about 60 miles north of Traverse City on US-31.