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April 17, 2006

Happy Apollo 13 "Failure is not an option" Day

Mission Control in Houston after the safe return of Apollo 13

Today is the 36th anniversary of the day the crew of Apollo 13 made it safely back to Earth. As fictionalized in the movie "Apollo 13", this is one of the all-time great bits of hacking...bringing a crippled spacecraft a quarter of a million miles back to Earth. The NASA website has a number of cool photos of the mission. The photo above is of the celebration in Mission Control after the safe recovery of the Apollo 13 astronauts. (That's Gene Kranz, the head of mission control, smoking the cigar). Here are some other faves:

Mission Control during the final 24 hours of the Apollo 13 flight
Mission Control during the final 24 hours of the Apollo 13 mission.

Photo of the damaged Apollo 13 Service Module
Photo of the damaged Apollo 13 Service Module.

Apollo 13 astronaut John L. Swigert holds the jury-rigged lithium hydroxide scrubber used to remove excess carbon dioxide from the damaged Apollo 13 spacecraft.
Astronaut John L. Swigert holds the jury-rigged lithium hydroxide scrubber used to remove excess carbon dioxide from the damaged Apollo 13 spacecraft.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at April 17, 2006 09:02 PM

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