Swigert, John L. "Jack" (ON HOLD)

Command Module Pilot of aborted Apollo 13 moon mission, died after election to Congress

Price: $295.00

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(1931-1982) Denver-born aviator and astronaut, aborted Apollo 13 mission command module pilot, one of 24 people who have flown to the Moon. After leaving NASA, he was elected to Congress but dies before being sworn in. He received a 1953 BS degree in mechanical engineering from Univ. of Colorado and a 1965 MS in aerospace engineering from RPI, a 1967 MBA from Univ. of Hartford and several honorary degrees. Joined USAF 1953, flew with Mass. & Conn. Air National Guard, and a test pilot with North American Aviation before joining NASA in Group 5 April 1966, a specialist on the Apollo Command Module. He was one of 3 astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 moon mission launched April 11, 1970. Originally part of the backup crew for the mission, he was assigned to the mission 3 days before launch, replacing Ken Mattingly. The prime crew had been exposed to German Measles (rubella) and, because Mattingly had no immunity to the disease, NASA did not want to risk his falling ill during the flight. The mission was the 3rd lunar-landing attempt, aborted after the rupture of an oxygen tank in the spacecraft's service module. Swigert made the dramatic announcement, "Houston, we've had a problem here" then repeated by flight Commander Jim Lovell. Swigert, Lovell and Fred Haise returned to Earth on April 17 after about 5 days and 23 hours, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom later that year. Swigert received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. Swigert was slated to be command module pilot for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, removed from crew rotation due to his involvement in the Apollo 15 postage stamp incident. He took leave from NASA in April 1973 to become executive director of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics and left NASA and the committee in August 1977. In February 1982, Swigert ran for Congress and won the seat in the state's new 6th congressional district with 64% of the popular vote. In 1982, during his campaign, he developed a malignant tumor in his right nasal passage which spread to his bone marrow and lungs. Seven weeks after the election, he died of respiratory failure. In 1997, a statue of Swigert was placed in the US Capitol Building, later moved to Emancipation Hall in the US Capitol Visitor's Center. A duplicate statue is at Denver International Airport. 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 small ISP, blue-tinted reproduction (trading-card size) of NASA portrait in spacesuit, inscribed with sentiment.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Portrait






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