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The Apollo 13 mission in 1970 had the world on edge. An oxygen tank exploded three days in, turning the moon landing mission into a heart-stopping rescue mission. In his riveting memoir [i]Never Panic Early,[/i] Apollo 13's Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise gives readers a front row seat to the harrowing event and the remarkable experience of being an astronaut.
Haise started his NASA career as a research pilot before serving as backup lunar module pilot for the Apollo 8 and 11 missions, the lunar module pilot for the notorious Apollo 13 mission, the backup spacecraft commander for the Apollo 16 mission, and was meant to command the Apollo 19 mission until cancellation. [i]Never Panic Early[/i] shares intense and incredible highlights from one of only 24 astronauts to have flown to the moon.
From commanding the revolutionary space shuttle Enterprise during his Approach and Landing Tests to surviving a nearly fatal accident during an air show, Haise takes readers through the ups, downs, and unexpected turns of his career. The book explorers his most thrilling moments and demonstrates his endurance, strength, and calm in the face of many challenges.
[i]Never Panic Early[/i] is a compelling journey through sky and space. It follows Haise through the Mississippi coast where he grew up, his time as a fighter pilot for the U.S. Marine Corps and a tactical fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force, his years climbing up the ranks at NASA, and the exceptional experience of looking down at Earth from a rocket. Haise is sincere, reflective, and hopeful in his first-time account of his life. Offering an insider's look at flying for NASA and the "successful failure" that was Apollo 13, the book is an essential read for space buffs.
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