Capt. Jim Lovell. Commander, Apollo 13. Born 1928.

Jim Lovell. Test pilot, astronaut, first person to fly in space four times, one of the twenty-four people who have flown to the Moon, the first man to do it twice, winner of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom, but most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control.

Oh, and did I mention Jim Lovell is a master of the understatement?

You’re sitting on top of about five and a half million pounds of high-explosives, so there’s a little bit of apprehension there.

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