Blue Dot 151: Apollo 11 At 50: A Conversation With Fred Haise And John Logsdon

Jul 19, 2019

Apollo 11 backup crew members Fred Haise (left) and Jim Lovell prepare for an altitude test in the lunar module preparing for Apollo 11.
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Fred Haise was made famous by the movie Apollo 13, in which he was portrayed by Bill Paxton in the story of the most famous Apollo mission other than Apollo 11. But he was also a member of the Apollo 11 team, serving as back up lunar module pilot in case something happened to Buzz Aldrin prior to the flight. 


Apollo 11 backup Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise.
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Dave talks to Fred about what it was like to go through all the training for the first moon landing as well as being the last person in the command module Columbia when he was responsible for setting all the lighting and switches before Neil Armstrong, Aldrin and Mike Collins climbed aboard to set off for their historic voyage on July 16, 1969.


Dave also visits with Oklahoma space historian Bill Moore who provides some personal insights into the personality of the man his friends call "Freddo."

Finally, we put the Apollo 11 mission into its historical context as we discuss it with one of the world's most respected space historians, John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University and author of the 2010 book John F. Kennedy and The Race to The Moon.

Space Historian John Logsdon
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