Apollo 13 Launch

45 years ago today, 11 April 1970 at 14:13 EDT (18:13 UTC) NASA’s Apollo 13 launched. The mission was the third mission destined to land on the moon.

The moon landing was not to be and the crew: Commander James Lovel, Command Module Pilot John Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise encountered major problems resulting from an oxygen tank explosion.

What resulted was a life and death undertaking to bring the crew back to Earth.

The newscast was from the American network CBS with reporting by Walter Conkite and former astronaut Wally Schirra.

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