The Apollo Education Experience Project

Meeting Fred Haise

Took my daughters down to Columbus, Georgia, to hear Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise give a talk about “Failure Is Not An Option” at Columbus State University and to visit the anniversary exhibits at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.

Fred Haise speaking at Columbus State University, 21 June 2019.
(Photo: The Apollo Education Experience Project) )

While we were there I connected with Marc Tessier of S&T Geotronics, who provided the Open DSKY guidance computer replicas that will be installed in the Project’s command module. We were privileged to have a private meeting with Fred Haise, where we presented him with one of the Open DSKY replicas.

Presenting an Open DSKY replica to Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise (center)
(Photo courtesy of Marc Tessier)

The Coca-Cola Space Science Center had a number of different Apollo and shuttle-era artifacts, interactive exhibits, and presentations. We attended a presentation on moon rocks returned by the Apollo missions. As luck would have it, the day before our trip I had received a piece of the lunar map carried aboard Apollo 13 that I won in the Lunar Legacies auction. During the moon rock presentation, I learned that 3 of the 6 samples the presenter had were from the Fra Mauro Highlands area returned by Apollo 14. Fra Mauro, of course, was the intended landing site of Apollo 13, so the map I had was of Fra Mauro. After the presentation, I took a photo of my Apollo 13 Fra Mauro map segment with the moon rocks from Fra Mauro. Needless to say, I was geeking out quite a bit!

A section of the lunar map of the Fra Mauro Highlands carried aboard Apollo 13 with a collection of samples of lunar material, three of which are from the Fra Mauro Highlands returned by Apollo 14.
(Photo: The Apollo Education Experience Project)

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