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By April 1970, men had already landed on the moon, and the public’s interest in the space program began to wane. The Apollo 13 mission was slated to be the third lunar landing, but many news organizations initially overlooked it.

When Jim Lovell
took command of Apollo 13 with astronauts Fred Haise and
Jack Swigert, he was about to realize his dream to land on the moon. But the dream faded two days into the mission, and explosion crippled the spacecraft soon after the crew wrapped up a lengthy live television broadcast.


With the world watching, fight controllers at NASA and the astronauts’ frantically work to find the way to get them safely back to earth.

For five days, through one crisis after another, the Apollo 13 crew and mission specialists on the ground work through each difficulty. The astronauts survived by rationing water and food while using the lunar lander as a life boat before returning to the command module for reentry to earth.

Their efforts ended with the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. All tree astronauts survived and Apollo 13 became known as the successful failure.
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