Reed graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1964 and started working at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, according to the foundation.
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In Houston, he was a mission controller in the Apollo Space Program. Reed was instrumental in the development of the pinpoint landing techniques that were used during lunar landings, according to the foundation.
Reed is a joint recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts in the safe return of the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft. In appreciation of his contributions to the Manned Space Flight Program, the Apollo 14 astronauts named a crater on the moon after him.
Reed went on to work for the U. S. Department of Transportation and developed a world-wide satellite based communication and tracking system, according to the foundation. Reed retired in 2000.
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