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The story behind Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell’s medal of honor

Less than a month after “Apollo 13” opened in movie theaters in June 1995, then-President Bill Clinton met with mission commander Jim Lovell to present one of the highest awards an astronaut can receive — the Congressional Space Medal of Honor (opens in new tab).

Joined in the Oval Office by former medal recipients Charles “Pete” Conrad and U.S. Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), as well as by Tom Hanks, who portrayed Lovell in the hit film, Clinton noted that because of the movie Americans now knew why Lovell was deserving of praise more so than they did in the 25 years that had passed since the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission made it safely back (opens in new tab) to Earth in 1970.

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