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1970: Apollo 13 (NASA)

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Published on Jul 2, 2008

Apollo 13 was the third manned lunar-landing mission, part of the American Apollo programme.

It launched on 11 April 1970. Two days after the launch, the Apollo spacecraft was crippled by an explosion, causing the Service Module portion of the Apollo Command/Service Module to lose its oxygen and electrical power.

The crew used the Lunar Module as a "lifeboat" in space. The command module systems remained functional, but were deactivated to preserve its capability to reenter Earth's atmosphere upon return.

The crew endured difficult conditions due to severe constraints on power, cabin heat, and drinkable water, but successfully returned to Earth.

Credit: NASA (including footage from the contemporary BBC broadcast)

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