Mississippi astronaut prefers redfish, flounder

The entire world held its breath during the Apollo 13 mission, when Fred Haise and fellow astronauts James Lovell and Jack Swigert experienced an explosion on their spacecraft as they sped away from Earth destined for a moon landing. It’s a story that Hollywood immortalized in an award-winning movie. However, no screenplay writer could have ever created such a remarkable script.

Haise was born and raised in Mississippi, and was a Marine Corps fighter pilot and NASA test pilot before entering NASA’s astronaut program. After Apollo 13, his schedule remained busy with additional duties that included five flights as Commander of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. His many awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. He is also in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Haise lives in Texas with much of his family, but also gets back to a home in Mississippi where he enjoys gulf coast fishing.

Truly one of America’s greatest heroes, he is currently on the Board of the Infinity Science Center, which is being built in Mississippi as a destination where visitors will have fun exploring the farthest reaches of outer space, the uncharted depths of the oceans and the varied layers of the Earth. He is also very active with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

For more information, visit: www.infinitysciencecenter.org and www.astronautscholarship.org

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