Jerry Elliott High Eagle – sunearthday.nasa.gov Jerry Elliott High Eagle served with NASA and played a key role in the Apollo 13 rescue.
Jerry Elliott High Eagle joined NASA in April, 1966, as a Flight Mission Operations Engineer at NASA’s Mission Control Center, and have held progressively responsible technical and managerial positions with highly successful accomplishments in the fields of spacecraft systems, hardware, software, configuration design, trajectories, mission operations, Earth resources, astronaut crew equipment, scientific experiments and technical management.
He also served as Staff Engineer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., in the Apollo/Soyuz Program Office with partial duties dedicated to onboard spacecraft and ground crew mission operations, requirements and scientific experiments for the world’s first Russian-American space mission.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, for duties as Retrofire Officer at NASA Mission Control Center during the aborted Apollo 13 space mission with safe return of the flight crew.
From his personal journals:
“Actual landing coordinates for Apollo 11 to Apollo 15. The ones entered for Apollo 16 were predicted, since the mission had not yet been launched”:
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