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Livestream Lecture: Apollo 13—NASA’s Most Successful Failure
April 13, 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum.
April 13 will mark the 50th anniversary of the oxygen tank explosion in Apollo 13‘s service module. Relive the harrowing mission and learn about what led to NASA’s most successful failure with Jim Remar, President and CEO of the Cosmosphere. The Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, is home to the Apollo 13 command module, Odyssey, on permanent loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Cosmosphere spent 12 years restoring the spacecraft back to its original, post-flight condition and it is now on public display in their Apollo Gallery in the Hall of Space Museum.
A recognized expert in the areas of museum administration, Jim Remar joined the Cosmosphere as curator in 2000. After eight years at the Cosmosphere, he joined the team at Gregory, Inc as Vice President of Operations. In 2012, Remar returned to the Cosmosphere as President/COO where he was responsible for all operations of the organization, including SpaceWorks, the department of the Cosmosphere responsible for the restoration of artifacts as well as the fabrication of exhibitry and high-fidelity replicas. The Cosmosphere’s governing board named Mr. Remar CEO of the organization in January 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political Science from Washburn University; his master’s degree in museum studies with a minor in history from the University of Nebraska, and his mini-MBA from Wichita State University.
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Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Jacobs, Robert Horace. Apollo : through the eyes of the astronauts. Abrams, 2009.
- Kranz, Gene. Failure is not an option : mission control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and beyond . Berkley Books, 2001.
- Shayler, David. Disasters and accidents in manned spaceflight . Springer, 2000.