Here's a look at the life of astronaut James Lovell.
Personal: Birth date: March 25, 1928
Birth place: Cleveland, Ohio
Birth name: James Arthur Lovell, Jr.
Father: James Lovell, Sr.
Mother: Blanche Lovell
Marriage: Marilyn (Gerlach) Lovell (1952-present)
Children: Jeffrey, Susan, James III, and Barbara
Education: Attended University of Wisconsin, 1946-1948; U. S. Naval Academy, B.S., 1952
Military: U.S. Navy, 1952-1973, Captain
Other Facts: The first astronaut to make four space flights.
On Christmas Eve, the Apollo 8 astronauts described the moon and then read from the book of Genesis during a live television broadcast from space.
Timeline: 1958-1962 - Works as a test pilot at the Naval Air Test Center in Maryland.
September 1962 - Is selected by NASA to be an astronaut.
December 4-18, 1965 - Serves as the pilot on Gemini 7 under Commander Frank Borman. They are joined in space by Gemini 6; it is the first manned spacecraft rendezvous.
November 11-15, 1966 - Serves as the commander of Gemini 12, with pilot Buzz Aldrin.
December 21-27, 1968 - Along with crewmen Frank Borman and William Anders, Lovell serves as command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon.
April 11-17, 1970 - Serves as commander of Apollo 13 with crew John Swigert and Fred Haise. An explosion two days into the flight causes the mission to be aborted, and the remaining time is spent working towards returning to Earth safely.
April 18, 1970 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
1971-1973 - Serves as deputy director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
March 1, 1973 - Retires from the Navy and NASA. Begins working at the Bay-Houston Towing Company.
January 1977 - Is appointed president of Fisk Telephone Systems, Inc.
1981 - Is named an executive vice president of Centel Corporation, which acquired Fisk Telephone Systems in 1980.
1991 - Retires from Centel Corporation.
March 19, 1993 - Lovell Is inducted into the U.S. Astronauts Hall of Fame.