Jim Lovell

Former NASA Astronaut and Commander of the Apollo 13 Mission

A great American hero, astronaut Jim Lovell is most famous for his role in the American space age and for his calm and careful command of Apollo 13. Capt. Lovell stoically articulated the five-word message, “Houston, we have a problem,” which quickly became a part of the American lexicon. Through teamwork and decisive leadership, he and his crew modified the lunar module into an effective lifeboat to safely return to Earth. As captain, he was instantly transformed into a national hero.

For his courageous spirit, Capt. Lovell was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and his pioneering role was immortalized by Tom Hanks in the blockbuster film “Apollo 13.” Earlier in his career, he was named Time’s Man of the Year after his Apollo 8 mission became the first manned mission to orbit the moon.

Capt. Lovell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety School, and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He has earned many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Navy Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Today, he is the owner of Lovell Communications, a business devoted to disseminating information about the U.S. space program.