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Saints Host Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise at Facility

Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise wanted to personally thank Owner Tom Benson for the team’s support with Infinity Science Center


The New Orleans Saints hosted two special guests Tuesday afternoon as Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and Legislative Affairs Officer/Liaison to the INFINITY Science Center Myron Webb visited the team's facility on Airline Drive in Metairie.

Haise wanted to visit the Saints to personally thank Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson for the team's support with INFINITY Science Center, an interactive science center in Hancock County.

The Saints teamed up with the Center and the Mississippi State Tax Commission to create Mississippi Super Bowl XLIV license plates to help raise funds for the Center, which opened in late 2011. The license plate monthly fees continue to support the Center's operations. Haise presented Mr. Benson with a #1 Mississippi Super Bowl XLIV license plate on Tuesday.

Haise and Webb met with Mr. Benson, President Dennis Lauscha, Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis, Head Coach Sean Payton and Sr. Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel in Mr. Benson's office.

Normally it's the guests that ask all the questions when visiting the Saints facility, but it was the Black and Gold brass that was eager to query the NASA crew.

Haise told a number of stories from his exceptional career and Webb provided detailed updates on the Center.

"With our players I always use the line 'this isn't rocket science' but this is really rocket science," Payton joked.

After the meet-and-greet, Haise and Webb toured the team's facility.

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