NASA Astronaut Recounts When Apollo 13 Mission Turned From Exploration to Survival

By  //  July 13, 2019

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ABOVE VIDEO: Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise describes the dramatic events of the Apollo 13 mission.

(FOX NEWS) – On April 11, 1970, NASA astronaut Fred Haise was preparing to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and walk on the surface of the Moon.

When Apollo 13 launched into the sunny Florida skies atop a Saturn V rocket that Saturday evening, the mission marked NASA’s third lunar landing attempt.

Haise, the mission’s lunar module pilot, was set to become the just the sixth person to walk on the lunar surface, right after Apollo 13 Mission Commander Jim Lovell, who would become the fifth.

But 56 hours later, when Apollo 13 was about 200,000 miles from Earth, an oxygen tank in the spacecraft’s Service Module exploded. The mission’s objective quickly shifted from exploration to survival.

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