Jim Lovell in bronze
A successful launch for Lovell
Astronaut James Lovell, the hero of a failed space flight to the moon who was immortalized in the 1995 film "Apollo 13," was immortalized again Tuesday morning when the Adler Planetarium unveiled a statue capturing him in bronze.
The sculpture, by the same artists who sculpted the statue of Michael Jordan that stands in front of the United Center, clearly dazzled Lovell, 77, when planetarium officials dropped a curtain to reveal the new artwork to a gathering of museum donors.
Located to the right of the planetarium's striking main entrance, the sculpture depicts Lovell in a dramatic real-life moment, floating in space's zero gravity and able to block Earth from view with the tip of his thumb extended at arm's length.
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