On April 11, 1970, astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise launched into space for the Apollo 13 mission. The crew made a safe return home after an oxygen tank explosion-the one that prompted Lovell’s famous quote, “Houston, we’ve had a problem”-caused the mission to abort just six days after launch. “Our goal 50 years ago was to save our valiant crew after sending them around the Moon and return them safely to Earth,” said Jim Bridenstine, a NASA Administrator. “Our goal now is to return to the Moon to stay, in a sustainable way.”
Tune in tonight to NASA Television at 8pm EDT for the premiere of “Apollo 13: Home Safe”, a 30-minute special program commemorating the brave crew and the mission!