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Jack Lousma

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Jack Lousma is an aeronautical engineer, retired United States Marine Corps officer, naval aviator, and NASA astronaut. He was among the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966 and served as a member of the astronaut support crews for Apollo 9, 10, and 13; and as CAPCOM received the “Houston, we’ve had a problem” message from Apollo 13. Slated to be selected as the Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 20, which was cancelled, he was the pilot for Skylab 3 from 28 July to 25 September 1973 and commander of the Space Shuttle STS-3 mission from 22-30 March 1982. He also served as the backup Docking Module pilot for Apollo-Soyuz. Overall, he logged more than 1,619 hours in space including 11 hours on two spacewalks outside the Skylab space station. His 7,000+ hours of flight time also included 4,500 hours in jet aircraft, 240 hours in helicopters, and 700 hours in general aviation aircraft. He retired from NASA on 1 October 1983 and the Marine Corps a month later.



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