40th Anniversary of Apollo 13

April 15, 2010 | 8:00pm
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

Forty years after Apollo 13, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum welcomes Apollo 13 mission commander Jim Lovell, lunar module pilot Fred Haise, Apollo 16 command module pilot Ken Mattingly, and mission controller Gene Kranz for a panel discussion about that historic mission.

Intended to be the third human landing on the Moon, Apollo 13’s flight plan changed dramatically when an explosion aboard the service module forced them to abandon the lunar landing.  The dramatic rescue plan and quick-thinking fixes to life-threatening challenges that brought the three astronauts safely back to Earth made Apollo 13 famous as a “successful failure.”

Even those too young to remember firsthand that dramatic week in April 1970 still know this history from the best-selling books written by some of its participants and the blockbuster major motion picture Apollo 13 (1995).

Come hear the real history from the men who lived it.  Join these distinguished speakers for a panel discussion of Apollo 13 forty years after its successful conclusion.

The speakers will not be signing autographs at the lecture.

The lecture will take place in the IMAX Theater and will be simulcast to overflow seating in the museum.  The Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, John Glenn and the evening’s speakers will visit each overflow area prior to the lecture for a brief welcome to the overflow guests.

Requests for tickets will be taken by web request from Monday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 17, 2010.  Up to 4 tickets can be requested.  All requests received during this time will be entered into a random drawing for seats.*  All requesters are eligible for theater seating, overflow seating or standby and will be notified via email of their placement by April 9, 2010.

Requesters receiving standby status will be updated via email a few days before the lecture on whether the museum expects overflow seating to be available due to cancelations.

Duplicate requests will not be honored.  Tickets will not be distributed through the Museum Box Office for this event.

Beginning Monday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m., please go to our ticket reservation form to make your request.

Attention members of National Air and Space Society! Increase your chances of getting tickets for the Glenn lecture. There will be a special drawing of tickets for members in addition to the public drawing, so you can enter both. If your membership has lapsed, renew online to qualify for the special drawing. The drawing for Society members will follow the same procedures as the public drawing. 

* Due to high demand for Glenn Lecture tickets, the museum is using a drawing to provide more people the chance of attending.

This event is made possible by the generous support of The Boeing Company.