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On this day in 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, FL,
and began the first manned mission to land on the moon.

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Nasa astronauts from left: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.

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DAVID MELENDY

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On this day in 1970, Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-
board accident with an oxygen tank.

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The Apollo 13 crew following recovery.

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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1970, an oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, which
prevented the planned moon landing.

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Artists painting showing the explosion on board Apollo 13.

The repair dubbed the "mail box" that saved the Apollo 13 astronauts. After an oxygen tank exploded, the three men
had to retreat to the Lunar Module and use duct tape, along
with plastic plastic bags and lithium hydroxide canisters to
build a makeshift CO2 scrubber.
       

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TIM MAGUIRE

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On this day in 1970, Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon
that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The
three astronauts onboard consisted of James A. Lovell, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr., and Fred W. Haise, Jr. All three managed to return
safely to Earth on April 17, six days after launch.



The crew of the Apollo 13 mission step aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima,
prime recovery ship for the mission, following splashdown and
recovery operations in the South Pacific. From left: astronauts Fred.
W. Haise, Jr., lunar module pilot; James A. Lovell Jr., commander;
and John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot.

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Buzz Aldrin (Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.)

The second person to ever walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin was the pilot of
NASA’s Apollo 11 mission and was a member of the third group of astronauts
ever selected by NASA. He served as an astronaut from his selection in 1963
until his retirement in 1971. Aldrin served as an U.S. Air Force officer and had
a Command Pilot rating. Appropriately enough, his mother’s maiden name
was Moon.

Aldrin in a space suit stands on the grey soil of the Moon. Armstrong and the lunar module are reflected in his visor.
Aldrin walks on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission
in 1969.

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