Lefty Astronaut Jim Lovell

March 25, 2012

Famous Left-hander Birthday, March 25

Jim Lovell, Astronaut

Jim Lovell, Jr., is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the U.S. Navy, famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure on the way to the Moon but was brought back to Earth safely by the efforts of the mission control and the crew. He was the first American to fly in space four times.  James “Jim” Arthur Lovell, Jr., is born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 25, 1928.

Astronaut Lovett is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. Lovell was also the first person to fly in space four times.

He was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit.

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  • “Collecting the Final Frontier: Ohio Historical Society’s Collections Blog”. ohiohistory.org.
  • Lovell, Jim; Kluger, Jeffrey.  Apollo 13: Lost Moon. New York: Pocket Books, 1995

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James Lovell, NASA Astronaut, Public Domain




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