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James A. Lovell, Jr.




1928 -

James A Lovell, Jr. was born March 25, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952 and became a test pilot in 1958. In 1962, he was selected for astronaut training in the Gemini and Apollo programs.

On December 21, 1968, Lovell, Borman and Anders became the first men to leave Earth's gravity and orbit the Moon. Apollo 8 gave us our first close-up view of the lunar surface and of the Moon's backside. Most significantly, Apollo 8 confirmed the technology that permitted succeeding crews to land on the Moon.

In 1970, with Fred Haise, Jr., and John Swigert, Jr., he returned the crippled Apollo 13 safely to Earth after an in-flight emergency.

James Lovell retired from the Navy and NASA in 1973 to enter the business world.

Invested 1990 in the International Aerospace Hall of Fame

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