“Never Panic Early” special event with Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise

May 12
Presentation from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CT
Book signing from 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. CT

On Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m., we will offer a special in-person presentation with NASA astronaut and Apollo 13 crew member Fred Haise where he will discuss his book, “Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey.”

The presentation will be followed by a book signing by Haise in the Main Plaza from 7:45-9:15 p.m. All guests interested in an autograph book must be in person. Guests will be limited to getting two books signed and signing is based on time. Books available for purchase while supplies last.

About the book

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 Never Panic Early, 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 its cancellation.

Never Panic Early 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 its 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 explores his most thrilling moments and demonstrates his endurance, strength, and calm in the face of many challenges.

Never Panic Early 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.

About the author

Fred Haise was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966 and he continued working for them until 1979. Bill Moore is the author and co-author of several books and periodical stories about aviation and space.

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