The Unforgettable Apollo 13 Mission

The Unforgettable Apollo 13 Mission

April 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert were expecting to be the third American landing party on the Moon, but nearly 56 hours into their outbound journey, an oxygen tank exploded, putting the crew in jeopardy. It was at that moment Jack Swigert uttered the famous words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Their story of pluck, ingenuity, and survival on their return to Earth is still one of the greatest stories ever told.

Feel Like an Apollo 13 Team Member

In the Apollo 13 Real-Time Mission Experience, an interactive panel allows you to engage with the mission in a facsimile of real-time. The number of resources simultaneously available is remarkable. 

NASA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13, ‘A Successful Failure’

The NASA-TV page gives a brief overview of the mission with links to plenty more fascinating resources including in-flight video recordings.

Apollo Program

From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum page you may toggle among all of the Apollo missions:

Jim Lovell Recounts the Apollo 13 Disaster

Article and VIDEO: Fifty years later, Jim Lovell relives Apollo 13 — the Moon mission that almost didn’t make it home.

VIDEO: See the Moon as Few Have Seen It

NASA recently released this 4K recreation of what the Apollo 13 crew saw in 1970 as they whipped around the far side of the Moon on their perilous journey back to Earth in their crippled spacecraft. Experience the bleak beauty of the Lunar surface that is perpetually invisible from Earth, then feel relief as the Earth comes back into sight, signaling that communication with Mission Control could finally be re-established.