Today in History: APRIL 17 = Apollo 13 Returns to Earth

50 Years Ago: Apollo 13 Crew Returns Safely to Earth | NASA
The crew, which included Fred Haise( left), Jim Lovell
(middle) and Jack Swigert (right).

With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar
spacecraft that suffered a
severe malfunction on its journey
to the moon, safely returned to Earth on April 17, 1970.

On April 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was
launched from Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell,
John L. Swigert and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed
for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon.

However, two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000
miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the
spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission control on Earth,
“Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered
that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light and water
had been disrupted.

The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and
controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency
procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon,
looped around it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.

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Apollo 13 - NASA Apollo 13 Launch Photos: This Day In History

Apollo 13 was set to be NASA¿s third mission to the moon, however, the crew had to abandon their plans two days after launch ¿ but not before they captured a stunning view of the lunar surface

The two-minute clip opens in darkness to honor the crew that were in pitch black for eight minutes while sitting between earthset and sunrise. The sun then appears from around the corner, revealing the lunar surface's majestic craters and pot marks

In the video, NASA takes viewers around parts of the moon for over a minute as music plays in the background ¿ and then the Earth appears

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