Apollo 13

Introduction

When an explosion occurred aboard the Apollo 13 spaceship in April 1970, a mission of lunar exploration quickly became a mission of survival. Ground control in Houston scrambled to develop an emergency plan as millions around the world watched and the lives of three astronauts hung in the balance: commander James A. Lovell Jr., lunar module pilot Fred W. Haise Jr. and command module pilot John L. Swigert.

Article Details:

Apollo 13

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

  • Title

    Apollo 13

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/topics/apollo-13

  • Access Date

    August 22, 2014

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks