Former astronaut Fred Haise appears at the first anniversary celebration of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia on December 11, 2004.  From April 1973 to January 1976, he was technical assistant to the Manager of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Project. He was commander of one of the two 2-man crews who piloted space shuttle approach and landing test (ALT) flights during the period June through October 1977. This series of critical orbiter flight tests involved initially Boeing 747/orbiter captive-active flights, followed by air-launched, unpowered glide, approach, and landing tests (free flights). There were 3 captive mated tests with the orbiter "Enterprise" carried atop the Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, allowing inflight low-altitude and low-speed test and checkout of flight control systems and orbiter controls, and 5 free flights which permitted extensive evaluations of the orbiter's subsonic flying qualities and performance characteristics during separation, up and away flight, flare, landing, and rollout--providing valuable real-time data duplicating the last few minutes of an operational shuttle mission.  The shuttle Enterprise is the centerpiece of the James S. McDonnell Space Hanger at the center.  Haise was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 13 (April 11-17, 1970) and has logged 142 hours and 54 minutes in space.  This mission was the inspiration for the hit 1995 movie "Apollo 13".  Bill Paxton played the role of Mr. Haise in the movie..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP.(RESTRICTION: NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City)
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Former astronaut Fred Haise appears at the first anniversary celebration of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia on December 11, 2004. From April 1973 to January 1976, he was technical assistant to the Manager of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Project. He was commander of one of the two 2-man crews who piloted space shuttle approach and landing test (ALT) flights during the period June through October 1977. This series of critical orbiter flight tests involved initially Boeing 747/orbiter captive-active flights, followed by air-launched, unpowered glide, approach, and landing tests (free flights). There were 3 captive mated tests with the orbiter "Enterprise" carried atop the Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, allowing inflight low-altitude and low-speed test and checkout of flight control systems and orbiter controls, and 5 free flights which permitted extensive evaluations of the orbiter's subsonic flying qualities and performance characteristics during separation, up and away flight, flare, landing, and rollout--providing valuable real-time data duplicating the last few minutes of an operational shuttle mission. The shuttle Enterprise is the centerpiece of the James S. McDonnell Space Hanger at the center. Haise was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 13 (April 11-17, 1970) and has logged 142 hours and 54 minutes in space. This mission was the inspiration for the hit 1995 movie "Apollo 13". Bill Paxton played the role of Mr. Haise in the movie..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP.(RESTRICTION: NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City)

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Date: 11 Dec 2004
Location: Chantilly Virginia United States of America
Credit: Ron Sachs - CNP
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