Last Updated: 25 Mar, 2023 | Views: 756
Other Profession(s): Actor, Screen Writer, Test pilot, Naval Officer
Famous For: Commander Of The Ill-Fated Apollo 13 Mission
Higher Education: Bachelor of Science Degree
James Arthur Lovell Jr. is a former NASA astronaut born on March 25, 1928. In addition to being a naval aviator, he is also a test pilot and a mechanical engineer. Lovell graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, with the class of 1952 and flew F2H Banshee aircraft. During this time, the USS Shangri-La was deployed to the Western Pacific. During Apollo 8, he was one of the three astronauts who flew to the Moon and orbited it with Frank Borman and William Anders. In 1970, he was in command of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, which circled the Moon and returned to Earth safely after a critical failure en route.
From October 1952 to February 1954, James Arthur Lovell Jr. trained at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
In 1954, James Arthur Lovell Jr. was officially designated a naval aviator and assigned to Moffett Field near San Francisco, California, VC-3.
During 1954-1956, James Arthur Lovell Jr. flew McDonnell F2H Banshee night fighters.
January 1958: Lovell enrolled in the Naval Air Test Center's six-month test pilot training program. The acceptance letter was sent to Lovell on September 14.
October 1962 marked the move of the new astronauts to the Houston area.
July 29, 1964: The official announcement of Gemini 4 took place, and Lovell was selected as the backup pilot for the mission.
January 24, 1966: Aldrin became the lead pilot of Gemini 10 with Lovell as backup command pilot.
December 21, 1968: The Apollo 8 mission was launched, with Borman, Lovell, and Anders becoming the first crew to fly aboard the Saturn V rocket, as well as the first to reach the Moon.
Awards & Achievements:
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star
Distinguished Flying Cross with gold star
Institute of Navigation Award (1969)
National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal (1969)
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
In 1970, a small crater on the Moon's far side was named in his honor.
James Arthur Lovell Jr. is the trustee of the "National Space Institute".