Thu, May 22, 2008
Ceremony Coincides With New Exhibit At 'Wings Over The Rockies'
NASA will honor the late astronaut
John "Jack" L. Swigert, Jr., with the presentation of an Ambassador
of Exploration Award for his involvement in the US space
During a ceremony with Apollo 13 spacecraft commander James
Lovell on Friday, May 23, Swigert's sister Virginia will accept the
award at and present it for display to the Wings Over the Rockies
Air & Space Museum in Denver, CO.
The award presentation will highlight the opening of the
museum's new exhibit on Colorado's Astronauts.
NASA is giving the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the first
generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space
programs for realizing America's goal of going to the moon. The
award is a moon rock encased in Lucite and mounted for public
display. The rock is part of the 842 pounds of lunar samples
collected during the six Apollo expeditions from 1969 to 1972.
Swigert was born in Denver and received a bachelor of science
degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado in
1953. Swigert was the command module pilot for the Apollo 13
He was elected to the US House of Representatives in November
1982, but died the following month before taking office.
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