Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission! It launched at 2:13pm on April 11th 1970. Known as “a successful failure” that saw the safe return of the crew despite a catastrophic explosion. The photo is of the crewmembers of the Apollo 13 mission, stepping aboard the USS Iwo Jima, prime recovery ship for the mission, following splashdown and recovery operations in the South Pacific Ocean. (the photo may or may not have been edited a little?? )
According to NASA, “While en route to the Moon on April 13, an oxygen tank in the Apollo service module ruptured. The lunar landing and moonwalks, which would have been executed by Lovell and Haise, were aborted as a dedicated team of flight controllers and engineering experts in the Apollo Mission Control Center devoted their efforts to developing a plan to shelter the crew in the lunar module as a 'lifeboat' and retain sufficient resources to bring the spacecraft and its crew back home safely. Splashdown occurred in the Pacific Ocean at 1:07 p.m. April 17, after a flight that lasted five days, 22 hours and 54 minutes.”
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Happy Saturday everyone, stay safe at home with an Apollo Blonde and celebrate life's successful failures!