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The Real Mission

Apollo 13 was the third manned lunar-landing mission, part of Project Apollo, run by NASA in the United States.The crew members were Commander James A. Lovell, Command Module pilot John L. "Jack" Swigert, and Lunar Module pilot Fred W. Haise. It launched on April 11, 1970 at 13:13.

Two days after the launch, the Apollo spacecraft was crippled by an explosion, caused by a fault in an oxygen tank. The explosion damaged the Service Module, resulting in a loss of oxygen and electrical power. Despite great hardship caused by severe constraints on power, cabin heat, and potable water, the crew successfully returned to Earth.

The mission was thus called a "Successful Failure". Apollo 13 is a story about survival and heroes. It reminds us that heroes aren’t mythical characters blessed with special powers but rather everyday people unwilling and determined to never give up, even against the greatest odds.