NASA marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 crewed mission to the Moon – known as “a successful failure” as its crew were able to pull off a safe return despite the spacecraft enduring an explosion
- Apollo 13 was the seventh crewed mission in the Apollo space program and the third meant to land on the Moon.
- The craft was launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970, aboard the Saturn V SA-508 rocket. But the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank in the service module (SM) failed two days into the mission.
- The crew instead looped around the Moon, and returned safely to Earth on April 17. While Apollo 13 did not land on the lunar surface, it was able to return photographs that it took when it looped around the Moon.
- In 1995, the aborted mission inspired a successful Hollywood film with the same name starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard.
Important Info :
NASA’s crewed missions to the Moon?
- After Apollo 11, the successful crewed mission that made Neil Armstrong the first human to set foot on the Moon, NASA sent six more missions between 1969 and 1972.
- Of these, five succeeded (Apollos 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17) at landing humans on the lunar surface.
Source : Indian Express