Commemorating Apollo 13 — 50 years later.

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NASA’s Most Famous “Successful Failure,” Apollo 13 Happened 50 Years Ago. Here’s How They’re Remembering It:

Fifty Years ago today, (April 13th) the Apollo 13 spacecraft suffered an explosion while en route to the Moon. At the time, crewmembers Com. James “Jim” Lovell Jr., John “Jack” Swigert Jr., and Fred Haise Jr. faced the very real danger of dying in space. Famously, however, thanks to the ingenuity of engineers on the ground at Houston and the astronauts themselves, the spacecraft returned safely to Earth on April 17th. 

If you’ve seen the Tom Hanks movie, you already know all of this. Or at least that version of it. 

What About NASA’s Version?

Well, it turns out, NASA made its own documentary about Apollo 13 to commemorate the 50th anniversary. They premiered it Friday evening on NASA TV and released it on all of their social media accounts. And of course, we’ve got it below, for your viewing pleasure!

Other Commemorative Events:

According to a NASA press release on April 6th, “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no NASA in-person activities are planned or sponsored to mark the Apollo 13 anniversary. However, a wealth of new content and programming, historic documents, still and video imagery are available online, including previously unreleased conversations between the crew of Apollo 13 and the recently restored Apollo Mission Control Center in Houston. This dialogue includes the now-famous exchange between Lovell and mission control during which Lovell utters the phrase, ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem.'”

Also from the NASA release, you can:

“Listen as Lovell and Haise remember the fateful mission from their perspective 50 years later and reflect on the highlights of their expansive careers and share wisdom gained from their famous mission on its 50th anniversary. Houston, We Have A Podcast is the official podcast of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, in Houston.” 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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