Fred Haise

Fred Haise


11/14/1933, Biloxi, Mississippi

Birth Name

Fred Wallace Haise Jr.


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Fred Haise is a former NASA astronaut who flew on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission with Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert. After arriving home safely, the Apollo 13 crew members received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as did the Mission Control team. Before his NASA career, he was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Haise was first selected as a NASA astronaut in 1966.

    • Haise was inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor in 1995.

    • All three members of the Apollo 13 crew were sleep-deprived, dehydrated and cold by the end of the flight, but Haise was particularly uncomfortable because he developed a kidney infection and a high fever. It took him two weeks to recover and as a result, he missed some of the welcome-home celebrations for the astronauts.

    • Haise was a stunt pilot for the 1973 movie Tora! Tora! Tora! During the filming, his plane crashed and he was burned over 65 percent of his body. It took him 14 months to recover from his injuries and regain flight status. He was permanently scarred but didn't suffer any other lasting physical effects.

    • Haise was on the backup crew for Apollo 8 (the first flight to orbit the moon) and Apollo 11 (the moon landing).

    • Adam Baldwin played him in the 2000 miniseries From The Earth To The Moon.

    • Haise served as the CapCom (Capsule Communicator) for Apollo 14. The CapCom is always an astronaut. Their function is to be the link between the astronauts and the ground.

    • He appears in a feature on the tenth-anniversary DVD edition of the Apollo 13 film. It is called Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13. Haise, Jim Lovell, and others discuss the mission and its film adaptation.

    • Apollo 13 was his first and last space flight. He was on the backup crew for Apollo 16, and he was scheduled to fly on Apollo 19, but that mission was cancelled. However, he did participate in test flights for the Space Shuttle program.

    • Bill Paxton played him in the 1995 movie Apollo 13.

  • Quotes

    • Fred Haise: (on board Apollo 13) It's kind of difficult here, getting into a hammock in zero-g. I'm not sure if I keep floating away from it or if it keeps moving away from me.

    • Fred Haise (about his view of the moon from Apollo 13): I was mainly thinking about enjoying the brief and, as it turned out, only view I would have. Jack [Swigert] and I got out cameras and film to shoot a lot of pictures as we went by. It struck me as a very lifeless feature with the lack of color and the array of craters where it had been beat up by meteorites over the eons.

    • Fred Haise: When I was growing up there were no real astronauts, only Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers at the Saturday serials and movie shows.