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Fred Haise

Apollo 13 Astronaut and Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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NASA astronaut Fred Haise takes you through one of the most incredible events in space-program history, while emphasizing the importance of teamwork, training, and leadership. 

A real American hero, Fred began his 20-year NASA career as an aeronautical research pilot and served as backup crew for early Apollo missions. But he is best known as the lunar module pilot on the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission, immortalized by actor Bill Paxton in the blockbuster film, Apollo 13

In 2022, the gripping story of his experiences were published by Smithsonian Books in Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey. The book offers a detailed firsthand account of the crisis that ensued when an oxygen tank exploded three days into the mission. A crewmate uttered the now iconic words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and the world anxiously watched as one of history’s most incredible rescue missions unfolded.

Following the Apollo 13 mission, Fred commanded the space shuttle Enterprise during its Approach and Landing Tests.

Drawing on his unique experiences, Fred delivers dynamic presentations in which he clearly illustrates that there is no achievement without risk. As he stresses the importance of developing talented, well-trained teams guided by strong leadership, Fred outlines what it takes for you and your organization to succeed under pressure.

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