The ultimate in teamwork ~ Apollo 13 astronauts after rescue, 1970....James Lovell, John Swigert, Fred Haise.

The ultimate in teamwork ~ Apollo 13 astronauts after rescue, 1970....James Lovell, John Swigert, Fred Haise.

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.

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.

Apollo 13 - a successful failure.

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

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

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APOLLO 13 / JAMES LOVELL & JACK SWIGERT & FRED HAISE | by famille.sebile

APOLLO 13 / JAMES LOVELL & JACK SWIGERT & FRED HAISE | by famille.sebile

Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise train for the moonwalk they would never take part in

Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise train for the moonwalk they would never take part in

Apollo 13 splashdown, James Lovell and Fred Haise, April 17, 1970 | by Dan Beaumont Space Museum

Apollo 13 splashdown, James Lovell and Fred Haise, April 17, 1970 | by Dan Beaumont Space Museum

Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert waiting to be hoisted up into the recovery helicopter

Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert waiting to be hoisted up into the recovery helicopter

Astronauts Fred Haise (left), Jack Swigert and James Lovell pose with the Apollo 13 patch and spacecraft replicas the day before launch. Credits: NASA

The Hard-won Triumph of the Apollo 13 Mission - 45 Years Later

Astronauts Fred Haise (left), Jack Swigert and James Lovell pose with the Apollo 13 patch and spacecraft replicas the day before launch. Credits: NASA

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.

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.

Apollo 13 commander JIM LOVELL (training in Jan. 1970 with Fred Haise in the Quitman Mountains in western Texas)

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Apollo 13 commander JIM LOVELL (training in Jan. 1970 with Fred Haise in the Quitman Mountains in western Texas)

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