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For those who don't need a detailed history of the Apollo 13 mission, here is a list of facts:

LUNAR MODULE: Aquarius

COMMAND/SERVICE MODULE: Odyssey

CREW: James A. Lovell (Commander), Jack L. Swigert* (Command Module Pilot), and Fred W. haise (Lunar Module Pilot)

LAUNCH: April 11, 1970, at 1:13 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

LUNAR LANDING SITE: Assigned to Fra Mauro region of Moon

LANDED ON MOON: Landing aborted after oxygen tank explosion.

RETURN TO EARTH: April 17, 1970

MISSION DURATION: 5 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes, 0 seconds

RETRIEVAL SITE: Pacific Ocean near Samoa

RETRIEVAL SHIP: U.S.S. Iwo Jima

HIGHLIGHTS: Third lunar landing attempt. Mission aborted after rupture of service module oxygen tank. Fra Mauro landing site reassigned to Apollo 14. Classed as a "successful failure" because crew was returned safely to Earth.

*Jack Swigert replaced Ken Mattingly as the CM pilot two days before launch. Mattingly had been exposed to the German measles by back-up astronaut Charlie Duke.



The crew of Apollo 13: Fred Haise, Jim Lovell, and Jack Swigert.
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