Remembering Apollo 13 - Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise head for Pad 39A and a voyage they will never forget. Apollo 13 was launched to the Moon on April 11, 1970.
Today marks the 45th Anniversary of launch of Apollo 13. The Sucessful Failure that, despite a crippling explosion to the oxygen tank, managed to bring NASA astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert back to Earth safely.
Did you know that Fred Haise, of Biloxi, Mississippi, was the module pilot on Apollo 13? Haise would have been the 6th man to walk on the moon if complications had not of derailed the mission. Haise was portrayed by Bill Paxton in the Apollo 13 film along side Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon. #Mississippian #Apollo13 #astronaut
Apollo 13 could have been a catastrophe. Launched on April 11, 1970, it would have seen Fred Haise and Jim Lovell land on the moon while Jack Swaggert orbited above. But an oxygen tank explosion severely damaged the ship on April 13, 1970, and the mission went from another moon mission to a fight for survival. The astronauts, through quick thinking both in cis-lunar space and on the ground, survived the endeavor.