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James Lovell
NASA astronaut
Nationality American
Status Retired
Born (1928-03-25) March 25, 1928 (age 88)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Other occupation
Test Pilot
Rank Captain, USN
Time in space
29d 19h 03m
Selection 1962 NASA Group
Missions Gemini 7, Gemini 12,
Apollo 8, Apollo 13
Mission insignia

Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.
Jim Lovell
I could put my thumb up to a window and completely hide the Earth. I thought, 'Everything I've ever known is behind my thumb.'
Jim Lovell
The lunar flights give you a correct perception of our existence. You look back at Earth from the moon, and you can put your thumb up to the window and hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything you've ever known is behind your thumb, and that blue-and-white ball is orbiting a rather normal star, tucked away on the outer edge of a galaxy.
Jim Lovell
I would suspect strongly that over a period of time, if we put our mind to going to Mars, it will be a consortium of several countries.
Jim Lovell
Mars is a long ways away. The moon is only 240,000 miles, but Mars is in the millions. It's too risky without spending more time going to the moon.
Jim Lovell
I didn't go into the NASA program to pick up rocks or to go the moon or anything else. I went in there because I was a military officer, and that was the next notch in my profession.
Jim Lovell
There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.
Jim Lovell
Boys like either dinosaurs or airplanes. I was very much an airplane boy.
We do not realize what we have on Earth until we leave it.
I was born a year after Lindbergh made his historic trip across the Atlantic. Boys like either dinosaurs or airplanes. I was very much an airplane boy.
Jim Lovell
The moon is essentially gray, no color; looks like plaster of Paris or sort of a grayish beach sand.
Jim Lovell
After six successful Apollo flights, including two lunar landings, people were getting bored.
Jim Lovell
Houston, we've had a problem.
My view is that we should go back to the moon, build up the infrastructure to make flights there commonplace – be comfortable with it – then use that infrastructure to expand and go to Mars.
Jim Lovell
The fascination to go into space has existed for hundreds of years. But as we do things and they're successful, people get bored.
Jim Lovell
I was only a hero by default. The flights were few and far between. There weren't that many astronauts. The moon flights were so interesting and exciting.
Jim Lovell
We got to the moon on Christmas Eve 1968, at the end of a poor year for this country. We had Vietnam. We had civil unrest. We had the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. But we went around the moon and saw the far side for the first time. A script writer couldn't have done a better job of raising people's hope.
Jim Lovell
We didn't slow down, unlike the others, when we got to the moon because we needed its gravity to get back, so we hold the altitude record. I never even thought about it. Records are only made to be broken.
Jim Lovell
I was a naval officer and aviator. I tested airplanes and got selected to be an astronaut later on.
Jim Lovell
For some time, I thought Apollo 13 was a failure. I was disappointed I didn't get to land on the moon. But actually, it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.
Jim Lovell
From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.
Jim Lovell
People say, 'Did you violate Heaven?' Well, God is down here, too. If you believe in God, you believe in God here as well as 240,000 miles away.
Jim Lovell
In space-flight terms, six landings on the moon back in the Sixties and Seventies doesn't mean much.
Jim Lovell
I take the NASA physical every year.
If you're going to go into space, you have to have an objective, a mission. Where do you want to go? Earth orbit? The moon? Mars? What's the technology to get there? You develop the technology for the mission.
Jim Lovell