- Elliott was seated at his number 13 console in Mission Control when an explosion ripped through a quarter of Apollo 13’s service module, badly damaging the spacecraft’s systems.
- History of Man in space The History of Manned Spaceflight
- Discovery of the Mind with many national & international accomplishments based on his motto: Dream – Believe – & Achieve!
- American Indian Flute: Symphony Performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center
- The most important asset of any organization is its people
- A universal man with many gifts to share along life’s road to realization!
- County Music Entertainment: High Eagle’s music has been described as simple elegance
- Failure is not an option! Remember, life is all about learning & discovering!
- Apollo 11–First Moon Landing
Jerry Chris Elliott (native American Indian) former NASA Space Engineer Jerry Elliot.
Elliot played a key role in one of the Moon Landings and in the Apollo 13 “rescue”.
His words will inspire, motivate, and give true meaning to what it means to be successful individually and as a team.
He joined NASA, as a Flight Mission Operations Engineer at NASA’s Mission Control Center, and have held progressively responsible technical and managerial positions with highly successful accomplishments in the fields of spacecraft systems, hardware, software, configuration design, trajectories, mission operations, Earth resources, astronaut crew equipment, scientific experiments and technical management.
Served as Staff Engineer, NASA Headquarters, in the Apollo / Soyuz Program Office with partial duties dedicated to onboard spacecraft and ground crew mission operations, requirements and scientific experiments for the world’s first Russian-American space mission.
Apollo 13 flew with Astronauts James Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert onboard. Approximately two days after the launch, while well on their way to moon, oxygen tank 2 in the Apollo Service Module exploded.
Swigert radioed back home to Mission Control with one of the greatest understatements of the century, “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”
The explosion left the spacecraft without power, and with a rapidly dwindling supply of air to breathe.
To make matters worse, the laws of physics precluded making an immediate “U-turn” for a rapid return to earth. The only way to return involved flying around the moon, using a combination of its gravity, and an engine burn to slingshot the crew back home.
Elliott computed the return-to-earth trajectory that brought the crew safely home.
The crew-members sought refuge inside the Lunar Module named Aquarius. Unfortunately, Aquarius only provided air for two astronauts for 48 hours while the return trip required 87 hours.
Flight Controllers and scientists in Houston saved the day by inventing a carbon dioxide removing device that the astronauts could build using spare parts in the spacecraft. Without it, the crew would have suffocated long before returning home.
The astronauts later described the four day return trip as cold, uncomfortable, miserable, and tense.
Fortunately, they arrived among the suspense without harm due to the efforts of Elliott and the ground control team.
Apollo 13 proved the space program’s ability to deal with a major unexpected crisis successfully.
It symbolizes our true strengths and dedication as individuals, as a team, as a nation.
Special honors, awards, & recognition:
•The Presidential Medal of Freedom,
the highest U.S. civilian honor, for duties as Retrofire Officer at NASA Mission Control Center during the aborted Apollo 13 space mission with safe return of the flight crew.
Jerry Chris Elliott computed the spacecraft trajectory enabling it to return to Earth.
•Bausch and Lomb National Science Award.
•Science and Engineering National Achievement Award –
Presented by the American Indian Art and Cultural Exchange.
•National Chairperson, Native American Awareness Week
•Special Achievement Award by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lewis Research Center, for meritorious achievements, and exceptional contributions to research, planning, organization and conduct of responsibilities relating to space and technology programs.
•Group Achievement Award by NASA Langley Research Center.
•Bronze Halo Award by the Southern California Motion Picture Council for outstanding contributions to humanity.
•Designer of the World’s First International Site for Peace, Ecuador
•Medal of Honor Award, highest national honor bestowed by
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Authored congressional legislation signed by the President.
Jerry Chris Elliott is also more than merely an entertainer —
he is deeply involved in “world service,” desiring to tour widely for others to hear his music.
His soul, constantly involved in stimulating others to greater beauty of what life truly represents, presents a beautiful frequency that others can align themselves with in harmony.
His soul is strongly connected with music. He knows how to deal with certain universal rhythms so that his music may bring forth much activity wherever he goes.
Entertainment has not only been his fascination, but his passion.
He has been a professional solo guitarist (jazz, popular), and is equally proficient on the American Indian flute, Indian drum and keyboard synthesizer.
His music has been described as simple elegance.
Historically, music has been known as a form of communication for Native American Indians — the beat of the drum, perhaps the most familiar. Traditionally, it was the same with the flute.
The native flute has a haunting, soulful sound that penetrates and permeates the world around it, letting its presence be known.
A committed musician, he helped bring back the Indian flute back from virtual extinction. The soulful sound of his flute music is a blending of traditional and contemporary melodies that permeate the soul and promote relaxation — a quality to be treasured in today’s stressful world!
The modern day significance of native Indian flute music has value in relieving stress in one’s quest for inner calm.
Jerry aka J.C. High Eagle, has taken his music around the country and the world.
He has performed with the
and the National Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jerry Chris Elliott / J.C. High Eagle, today’s modern American Indian, is dedicated to the cultures and values of Native American Indians.