The city’s newest landmark was recently unveiled in honor of the hometown hero, Fred Haise. The Biloxi native is one of 24 people who has flown to the moon.
Haise was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13. Besides being an astronaut, Haise was a test pilot, fighter pilot and aerospace executive.
In addition to the statue, the monument includes a painted “Moonwalk” mural on the sidewalk and walkway leading up to the statue.
Furthermore, the Biloxi Visitors Center features an accompanying exhibit with information, memorabilia, photos from the training and Apollo 13 launch day on April 11, 1970, and more.
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More about Fred Haise
The Fred Haise Statue in Biloxi is on a mission to inspire a new generation. According to reports, during February’s dedication ceremony, the 88-year-old Haise said he hopes visitors see the statue and understand the possibilities it represents.
That’s not just in terms of space travel, but in terms of setting a goal and working hard to achieve it. From Biloxi native to astronaut, click here to discover more about Haise’s distinguished career and accomplishments.
You can’t miss the rocket base or the eight-foot Fred Haise Statue in Biloxi in the Lighthouse parking lot! Don’t miss your chance to see the painted Moonwalk up close and personal.
Can you find the 13 woodpeckers hidden within the mural? They are an enduring nod to “Pecky” Haise, a nickname Fred earned as a young boy after playing a woodpecker in a play.