Remembering The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 13 With A Short Story By Tom Hanks
By LAist staff
Published Apr 11, 2020 12:11 PM
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Fifty years ago today the Apollo 13 mission took off from Florida, bound for a moon landing. Then, 55 hours into the flight, there was an explosion.
Jim Lovell, the mission commander, famously reported:
"Houston, we have a problem."
For days, Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert worked with dozens of flight controllers to solve a range of potentially fatal challenges to ultimately make it safely back to Earth. The mission became known as NASA's most successful failure.