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Fred Haise

Fred Haise was an American astronaut who was born on November 13, 1933, in Mississippi. Before he became an astronaut, Haise was an Air Force pilot. He has flown over 8700 hours in several aircraft.

Haise became an astronaut in 1966. He has spent over 143 hours in space on one spaceflight. In 1970, Haise flew aboard the unlucky Apollo 13. This mission was to have landed on the moon. An explosion in the command module forced Haise and crewmates to abort the mission and return to Earth.

The crew used the lunar module as a lifeboat and survived for 86 hours with limited oxygen. They made is it back to Earth safely.

Haise left NASA in 1979. He is currently president of the Grumman Space Company.



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