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This is the insignia of the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission. The Apollo 13 prime crew included James A. Lovell Jr., commander; Thomas K. Mattingly II, command module pilot; and Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot. Astronaut John L. Swigert Jr. was a late replacement for astronaut Thomas K. Mattingly II as command module pilot. Represented in the emblem is Apollo, the sun god of Greek mythology, symbolizing how the Apollo flights have extended the light of knowledge to all mankind. The Latin phrase “Ex Luna, Scientia” means ''From the Moon, Knowledge.''
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The Apollo 13 crew. Left to right: Commander James A. Lovell, Jr., Command Module Pilot John L. Swigert, Jr. and Lunar Module Pilot Fred W. Haise, Jr.
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The Apollo 13 space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 2:13 p.m. EST, April 11, 1970.
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A view of Mission Control during the Apollo 13 launch.
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A view of Mission Control during the Apollo 13 launch.
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This view of the severely damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) was photographed from the Lunar Module/Command Module (LM/CM) following SM jettisoning. As seen here, an entire panel on the SM was blown away by the apparent explosion of oxygen tank number two located in Sector 4 of the SM.
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This view of the severely damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) was photographed with a motion-picture camera from the Lunar Module/Command Module (LM/CM) following SM jettison.
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Overall view of the Mission Operations Control Room in the Mission Control Center at the Manned Spacecraft Center during the fourth television transmission from Apollo 13. Gene Kranz (foreground, back to camera), one of four Apollo 13 flight directors, views the large screen at front. Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise is seen on the screen.
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A group of eight astronauts and flight controllers monitor the console activity in the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) during Apollo 13. Seated, left to right, are MOCR Guidance Officer Raymond Teague, Astronaut Edgar Michell and Astronaut Alan Shepard Jr. Standing, left to right, are Astronaut Anthony England, Astronaut Joe Engle, Astronaut Gene Cernan, Astronaut Ronald Evans and Flight Controller M.P. Frank. When this picture was taken, the Apollo 13 Moon landing had already been cancelled, and the crew was attempting to bring their crippled spacecraft back home.
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Dr. Charles A. Berry, Director of the Medical Research and Operations Directorate at the Manned Spacecraft Center, converses with Marilyn Lovell in the Viewing Room of the Mission Control Center.
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Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., prime crew commander of Apollo 14, monitors communications between the Apollo 13 spacecraft and the Mission Control Center.
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Interior view of the Apollo 13 Lunar Module (LM) showing the ''mail box,'' a jury-rigged arrangement that the Apollo 13 astronauts built to use the Command Module (CM) lithium hydroxide canisters to purge carbon dioxide from the LM. Lithium hydroxide is used to scrub CO2 from the spacecraft's atmosphere. Since there was a limited amount of lithium hydroxide in the LM, this arrangement was rigged up to utilize the canisters from the CM. The ''mail box'' was designed and tested on the ground at the Manned Spacecraft Center (today’s JSC).
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View of the lunar far side showing crater Tsiolkovsky (taken from Apollo 13).
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Oblique view of lunar far side, photographed from the Apollo 13 spacecraft.
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This outstanding view of a near full Moon was photographed from the Apollo 13 spacecraft during its journey homeward. Though the explosion of the oxygen tank in the Service Module forced the cancellation of the scheduled lunar landing, Apollo 13 made a pass around the Moon prior to returning to Earth.
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This photograph of the Earth was taken from the Apollo 13 spacecraft during its journey home.
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Overall view showing some of the activity in the Mission Operations Control Room during the final 24 hours of the Apollo 13 mission. From left to right are Shift 4 Flight Director Glynn Lunney, Shift 2 Flight Director Gerald Griffin, Astronaut and Apollo Spacecraft Program Manager James McDivitt, Director of Flight Crew Operations Deke Slayton and Shift 1 Flight Surgeon Dr. Willard Hawkins.
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Overall view showing some of the activity in the Mission Operations Control Room during the final 24 hours of the Apollo 13 mission. Here, flight controllers and officials confer at the flight director's console.
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A group of flight controllers gather around the console of Shift 4 Flight Director Glynn Lunney (seated, nearest camera) in the Mission Operations Control Room. Their attention is drawn to a weather map of the proposed landing site in the South Pacific. Among those looking on is Christopher Kraft, Manned Spacecraft Center Deputy Director, (standing, in black suit, right).
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The Apollo 13 spacecraft heads toward a splashdown in the South Pacific Ocean. Note the capsule and its parachutes just visible against a gap in the dark clouds.
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The Apollo 13 Command Module splashed down in the South Pacific at 12:07:44 p.m., April 17, 1970. In this view the capsule has just hit the water and its parachutes are still fully deployed.
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A water-level view of the Apollo 13 recovery operations in the South Pacific. U.S. Navy underwater demolition team assists the astronauts in egressing their Command Module and entering life rafts.
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NASA Administrator Thomas Paine (center) and other NASA officials joined others in applauding the successful splashdown of the Apollo 13 crewmen. Others among the large crowd in the Mission Operations Control Room at the time of recovery were U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel C. Phillips (extreme left), who formerly served as Apollo program director; Dr. Charles Berry (third from left), Director, Medical Research and Operations Directorate and Associate NASA Administrator George M. Low.
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Overall view of the Mission Operations Control Room during the ceremonies aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima. Deke Slayton (in black shirt, left of center), director of Flight Crew Operations, and Chester Lee of the Apollo Program Directorate shake hands, while Rocco Petrone, Apollo Program Director (standing, near Lee), watches the large screen showing Commander James Lovell Jr. during the ceremonies. In the foreground, Glynn Lunney (extreme left) and Gene Kranz (smoking a cigar), two Apollo 13 Flight Directors, view the activity from their consoles.
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Commander James Lovell is lifted aboard a helicopter from the prime recovery ship, the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, in a ''Billy Pugh'' net. Lovell was the last of the three Apollo 13 crewmen to egress the Command Module and the last to be lifted aboard the helicopter.
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Apollo 13 crew arrive on prime recovery ship U.S.S. Iwo Jima following splashdown and recovery operations in the South Pacific. Exiting the helicopter are (from left) Haise, Lovell and Swigert.
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Rear Admiral Donald Davis, Commanding Officer of Task Force 130, the Pacific Recovery Forces for the Manned Spacecraft Missions, welcomes the Apollo 13 crew aboard the prime recovery ship U.S.S. Iwo Jima following splashdown and recovery operations in the South Pacific.
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Crewmen aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, prime recovery ship for the Apollo 13 mission, hoist the Command Module aboard ship. The Apollo 13 crewmen were already aboard the Iwo Jima when this photograph was taken.
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Crewmen aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, prime recovery ship for Apollo 13, guide the Command Module (CM) atop a dolly on the ship. The CM is connected by strong cable to a hoist on the vessel. The Apollo 13 crewmen were already aboard the Iwo Jima when this photograph was taken.
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Crewmen aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, prime recovery ship for the Apollo 13 mission, hoist the Command Module aboard ship. The Apollo 13 crewmen were already aboard the Iwo Jima when this photograph was taken. The Apollo 13 spacecraft splashed down at 12:07:44 p.m., April 17, 1970 in the South Pacific Ocean.
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Commander James A. Lovell Jr. reads a newspaper account of the safe recovery of the problem-plagued mission. Lovell is on board the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, which was on a course for Pago Pago.
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President Richard M. Nixon and Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., Apollo 13 commander, shake hands at special ceremonies at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. President Nixon was in Hawaii to present the Apollo 13 crew with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
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President Richard M. Nixon speaks at Hickam Air Force Base prior to presenting the nation's highest civilian award to the Apollo 13 crew. Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom were Astronauts James A. Lovell Jr., commander; John L. Swigert Jr. (left), command module pilot; and Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot. The ceremony took place about a day and a half after the Apollo 13 splashdown.
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President Richard M. Nixon introduces Director of Flight Operations Sigurd Sjoberg (far right) and the four Apollo 13 flight directors during the president's post-mission visit to the Manned Spacecraft Center. The flight directors are (left to right) Glynn Lunney, Gene Kranz, Gerald Griffin and Milton Windler. NASA Administrator Thomas Paine is seated at left.
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A wide-angle, overall view of the large crowd that was on hand to see President Richard M. Nixon present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team.
 

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