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"From the Moon, our Earth is a grand oasis that requires constant protection from environmental problems"

-- James and Marilyn Lovell


Welcome to the James and Marilyn Lovell Center

As one of the first three humans to travel around the moon on Apollo 8, Captain James Lovell, with fellow astronauts Frank Borman and William Anders, looked back toward Earth and took a photograph that, for the first time, showed all of humanity how fragile our planet appears when seen hovering on the Moon's horizon, draped in the blackness of space.

(Image courtesy of "Image Science & Analysis Laboratory", NASA Johnson Space Center, Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth; http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=AS10&roll=27&frame=3895.)

Click below to hear a Wave file of the three astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis as they pass over the Moon (audio clip courtesy of NASA -- http://history.nasa.gov/40thann/videos.htm).

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Years later, aboard Apollo 13 with astronauts John Swigert and Fred Haise, Captain Lovell again captured the world’s attention as he and his crewmates worked doggedly to bring their crippled spacecraft safely back to Earth. Enduring the agonizing wait on the ground, Marilyn Lovell maintained her belief that somehow her husband and the hundreds of NASA personnel working on the problem would find a way to bring Apollo safely home.

Move cursor over images to view captions; images courtesy of NASA (http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/mirrors/images/html/as13.htm).

Click below to hear an MP3 recording of the famous, "Houston, we've had a problem" transmission (audio clip courtesy of the Project Apollo Archive at http://www.apolloarchive.com/; MP3 mastering by Kipp Teague).


James and Marilyn Lovell

The James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research pays homage to the principle that many minds working together can find imaginative solutions to the challenges facing our fragile planet.

Located within Texas State University-San Marcos' Department of Geography (one of the largest such departments in the United States), the center provides a focal point around which its scholars can gather to share ideas and mentor students. Faculty scholars seek to better understand Earth’s environment, to analyze and reduce the impacts of natural and technological hazards, and through their work to improve policies directed toward the Earth's environment.

Through its annual distinguished lecture series, the center brings to campus outstanding speakers from a variety of disciplines to engage and energize students, faculty, and the general public. Among other activities, the center offers occasional papers and professional poster presentations that can be freely downloaded from our publications page, maintains a list of over 275 journals and other publication outlets that are of interest to the geographic community, provides opportunities for collegiality by coordinating faculty, student, and outside speaker presentations, and seeks funding to support the research activities of its faculty and student scholars. If you are interested in participating in any of the above activities, please feel free to contact me at the address listed, below.