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40 years ago today, an oxygen tank on the Apollo 13 command module exploded threatening the lives of astronauts Jim Lovell,
and Jack Swigert.
It was during this time that Jim Lovell uttered, "Houston, we've had a problem."
A transcript of communications between mission control and the astronauts during the few minutes before and after the explosion can be found here.
Instead of a mission to land on the Moon, the Apollo 13 crew spent the next four days on a mission of survival.
The astronauts made it back to Earth safely, but they did not do it alone. They had help from some of the greatest minds on the planet back in Houston at mission control. The Apollo 13 story was retold very well in the 1995 film
starring Tom Hanks
as Jim Lovell. The "Apollo 13" movie is a great flick. But even great movies have some mistakes. This site
summarizes the goofs in the movie - some nerdy, some not. A nice summary of the Apollo 13 mission can be found on the Lunar and Planetary Institute's website.
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