Jim Lovell was an American astronaut who was born on March 25, 1928, in Ohio.
Before he became an astronaut, Lovell was a Navy pilot. He has logged
over 5000 hours of flight time in several different aircraft.
Lovell became an astronaut in 1962. He was the first astronaut to make
four spaceflights, spending over 720 hours in space.
Lovell made his first spaceflight in 1965, aboard Gemini 7. His second
flight was made aboard Gemini 12 in 1966. This was the last Gemini
mission. In 1968, Lovell piloted man's first flight to the moon, Apollo
Lovell made his last spaceflight aboard the unlucky Apollo 13 in 1970.
Apollo 13 was the first deep space abort mission. An explosion aboard the
service module forced the crew to use the lunar module as a lifeboat.
The crew returned safely to Earth.
Lovell retired from NASA in 1973. He currently owns a company in
Lovell's Latest Venture (Lovells of Lake Forest Restaurant)
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