and leave the earth.
This sculpture is yet another gift to the people of the Mississippi Coast from
renowned artist Marlin Miller and his son, Preston. All of the metal was fabricated
from engine and test stand hardware used in NASA Stennis Space Center's
propulsion test programs, including turbine blades actually flown in space
supporting Space Shuttle missions. The sculpture in 32 feet tall and is held in
place by 40,000 lbs. of concrete.
Mr. Miller wanted his sculpture to honor the indelible mark on this project by Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, an American hero and space pioneer. A Biloxi, Mississippi native, Haise served as Lunar Module Pilot for the dramatic mission now recognized as one of NASA's finest. Following an on-board cryogenic oxygen explosion just 55 hours into flight, Haise and his fellow crew members negotiated a perilous orbit around the moon and returned to earth safely, using the Lunar Module as a virtual lifeboat. He was also Commander of one of only two 2-man crews who piloted Space Shuttle approach and landing test flights. In retirement, Haise has worked to inspire young people to reach for new heights. He teamed with visionaries Roy Estess, Leo Seal, Jr. and George Schloegel to make INFINITY
Location. 30° 18.691′ N, 89° 36.252′ W. Marker is in Pearlington, Mississippi, in Hancock County. Marker is on Discovery Circle half a mile west of State Highway 607, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Discovery Circle, Pearlington MS 39572, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tsunami Buoy (within shouting distance of this marker); TAO Buoy (within shouting distance of this marker); Special Operations Craft Riverine (within shouting distance of this marker); H-1 Rocket Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); F-1 Rocket Engine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gainesville Volunteers (approx. ¼ mile away); Lunar Lander (approx. 0.3 miles away); John C. Stennis Space Center (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pearlington.
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