Between 1959 and 1975, Morehead was called to serve not only the people of NC but also the nation's burgeoning space program. During this time, nearly every astronaut who participated in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs trained at Morehead in star navigation. Now, the time-honored hero who actually put that knowledge to work in his calm and careful command of Apollo 13 in 1970 is coming back to UNC-Chapel Hill to share his wisdom and stories at a one-time event at Memorial Hall. Capt. James Lovell stoically articulated the five-word message, “Houston, we have a problem,” which quickly became part of the American lexicon. Through teamwork and decisive leadership, Lovell and his crew modified the lunar module into an effective lifeboat to safely return to Earth. As captain, he was thus transformed into a national hero who has since attracted generations of followers.
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