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Apollo 13

Facts

Lunar Module: Aquarius

Command and Service Module: Odyssey

Crew: James A. Lovell, Jr. commander
John L. Swigert, Jr., command module pilot *
Fred W. Haise, Jr. lunar module pilot

Launch: 2:13 p.m. EST, April 11, 1970, pad 39A

Landing Site: Intended to be Fra Mauro
became landing site for Apollo 14

Returned to Earth: April 17, 1970
splashdown at 18:07:41 UT (1:07:41p.m. EST)

Mission Duration: 142 hours 54 minutes 41 seconds

Retrieval site: Pacific Ocean 21° 38' S 165° 22' W

Retrieval ship: U.S.S. Iwo Jima

Special Payload: ALSEP
Highlights/Notes:
  • First aborted Apollo Mission
  • Use of lunar module to provide emergency propulsion and life support after loss of service module system.
  • First impact of the S-IVB/IU on the lunar surface. Normally it burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.
  • * CM pilot Thomas K. Mattingly was removed 72 hours prior to scheduled launch due to presumed exposure to the german measles. He later flew on Apollo 16.

Earth

Apollo 13