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Retired Apollo astronaut to speak Jan. 14

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Col. Jack Lousma is one of the few people who has seen the entire Earth in the blink of an eye.

The retired astronaut will give a talk in Doermann Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lousma was a member of the support crew for the Apollo 9, 10 and 13 missions. Though he didn’t fly in the Apollo 13 mission, he was the capcom recipient of the famous “Houston, we have a problem” message from the troubled astronauts.

His spaceflight experience consists of piloting Skylab 3. Lousma also was commander on the third Space Shuttle mission. He has logged more than 1,600 hours in space (totaling just over two months) and spent 11 hours on two spacewalks outside of the Skylab space station.

The free, public event is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering.