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    Apollo 13 Mission Launched on This Day in 1970

    On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 was launched into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission, which was supposed to land on the moon, became a famous story of survival after an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks caused the crew to abandon their landing plans and focus on getting back to Earth safely.

    The crew consisted of commander James Lovell, command module pilot John Swigert, and lunar module pilot Fred Haise. Two days into the mission, a routine procedure caused the explosion in the oxygen tank, which damaged the spacecraft and forced the crew to rely on their limited resources to survive.

    The incident led to a massive effort by NASA to bring the crew back to Earth, which included developing new procedures for the spacecraft and using the lunar module as a “lifeboat” to keep the crew alive. After a tense few days in space, the crew safely landed in the Pacific Ocean on April 17, 1970.

    The Apollo 13 mission is remembered as a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of NASA and its astronauts, and serves as a reminder of the risks and challenges of space exploration.

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