Apollo 13 Astronaut Awards Aggie with Scholarship

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Jim Lovell will forever be remembered for being a part of the Apollo 13 mission, but now, he's doing work to help a new set of pioneers in the field of science.

The retired astronaut was at Texas A&M Friday to talk about his space exploits, along with his latest mission on Earth. He's a member of the board of the Astronaut Scholarship Program.

Texas A&M aerospace engineering student Emily Boster earned a $10,000 scholarship from the group. Since 1984, the ASP has rewarded the next generation of science and technology experts in the nation.

"This is sort of a heritage left over from the astronauts," Lovell said. "We think that we've gotten so much -- what we done, seen things and been places and participated in a great project -- that we want to give something back."

Boster plans on graduating from A&M in the fall of 2013 and then heading to the aerospace industry, and then back to school for a masters. With a lot of options out there in that field, she wants to figure out her best fit before taking a path, but she says she wants to be a project manager.

"It's really exciting," she said. It's a great honor to have Capt. Lovell here and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. It's a huge blessing to me. I'm staying an extra semester because I ended up switching my major during my freshman year. Most people switch out at that time. People always say, 'why did you do that?'"

But Boster enjoyed her early time at A&M with engineering students in the physics department and found her career calling there. She's working with others on a prototype for a flying vehicle that could be used by civilians for emergency relief and heavy lifting, and also has projects in the astronomy department.