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Apollo 13: NASA's Finest Hour

Original Apollo 13 Crew

Original Apollo 13 Crew

The original proposed crew of Apollo 13: Navy Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., commander; Ken Mattingly, the command module pilot replaced three days before liftoff by Jack L. Swigert; and Fred W. Haise, the lunar module pilot. Two days after the April 11, 1970 launch, an electrical fault caused an explosion in an oxygen tank on board the command module. The crew was forced to abort the mission and attempt to return to Earth in a severaly damaged craft.

In this photo: James A. Lovell Jr., Ken Mattingly, Fred W. Haise

Photo: Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images

Apr 11, 1970
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