James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. had extensive experience as a naval aviator and test pilot when he was selected for the space program in 1962. He went on to become the first person to fly in space four times. He was pilot on the Gemini VII flight, and commander of the Gemini XII mission. Captain Lovell served as command module pilot and navigator on Apollo 8, the first mission to enter lunar orbit. His fourth and final flight was as commander on the Apollo 13 mission in 1970.
After leaving NASA in 1973, Lovell entered the corporate world, eventually retiring from Centel Corporation as Executive Vice President. Today, Lovell is President of Lovell Communications. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the University of Southern California - Aviation Safety School, and Harvard Business School's Advance Management Program. His honors and awards include: the Harmon, Collier, and Goddard Aerospace Trophies; the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the French Legion of Honor; and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Capt. Lovell is an emeritus board member of the National Air and Space Museum and is serving as the Honorary Chair for its Campaign.
After the lecture, Captain Lovell will be signing copies of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13. Please note that he will not be signing any other books or memorabilia and will not be able to personalize his autograph in order to accommodate all who wish to meet him.
The lecture is for members of the Museum's National Air and Space Society and their guests. There is no charge to attend, but advance reservations are required. Tickets will be available beginning August 1. Visit airandspace.si.edu/membertickets to reserve yours. Seating is limited. There will also be a buffet reception before the lecture with Captain Lovell for Society members at the Mercury Friendship 7 level and higher. For more information, call 202.633.2603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flight jacket optional. The Museum's doors on Jefferson Drive will be closed for the evening. Please use the Independence Avenue entrance.