April 13, 1970 — Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst: “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” The incident prevented a planned moon landing. The three-man crew managed to return safely.

  9 comments for “This Day in History

  1. April 14, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    I remember I heard it live!

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    • April 14, 2018 at 12:33 PM

      I missed the live broadcast and caught it on the nightly news.


  2. alstacer
    April 13, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Happy Friday the 13th, Al OTW! Thanks for the quote.

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  3. April 13, 2018 at 6:56 AM

    I can’t imagine what it feels like to be out in space and have a problem, not knowing sometimes whether or not you’d make it back. That statement has become part of our lexicon, at least those of us of a certain age. 🙂


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    • alstacer
      April 13, 2018 at 7:19 AM

      And it lives on thanks in part to the Tom Hanks movie “Apollo 13”. I hope the expression continues to resonate for generations as a reminder of inevitable problems that confront us when we dream big and how working together, they can be overcome.

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      • April 13, 2018 at 8:41 AM

        Bravo, Al. It was a team effort on a massive scale.


    • April 13, 2018 at 8:40 AM

      I think about how small the capsule must have felt inside at that point.


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