Jack Lousma

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Lousma, Jack


Born Feb. 29, 1936, in Grand Rapids, Mich. US astronaut; major in the US Marines.

Lousma graduated from the University of Michigan in 1959 with a bachelor’s of science degree in aircraft design. Beginning in 1959 he served as a marine aviator. He received a diploma in aviation engineering in 1965 upon graduation from an advanced naval training school. In 1966 he joined the group of astronauts of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the USA.

As a member of the second crew of the orbital station Skylab, which was launched May 14, 1973, he made one space flight from July 28 to Sept. 26, 1973, with A. Bean and O. Garriott. He spent 59 days 11 hr 9 min in space and completed two space walks totaling 11 hr 2 min.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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His crewmates were Commander Alan Bean and Pilot Jack Lousma. The crew accomplished 150% of mission goals while completing 858 revolutions of the Earth and traveling some 24.5 million miles.
Anecdotes range from Pete Conrad's "unfortunate addiction" (butter cookies) to Alan Bean's surprise when a Polaroid snapshot of Jack Lousma developed into a pre-exposed image of a recent Playboy centerfold.
Interviews with Charles Duke, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Guenter Wendt, Gen Bernard Schriever (father of the intercontinental ballistic missile), Scott Grissom (Gus Grissom's oldest son), Jim McDivitt, Jack Lousma, and Walter Cronkite reveal additional fascinating points: