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LUCKY 13

1970

17 April, Landing

LUCKY 13

On 11 April, at 13:13 Houston time, Apollo 13 was launched, destined for the Moon. Following a disastrous explosion of an oxygen-tank, the crew was left stranded in space with minimal power. Thankfully, they were equipped with OMEGA Speedmasters.

Among the many challenges faced by the astronauts was manually firing an engine to correctly align the damaged craft for re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Using their Speedmaster watches the crew successfully timed a 14-second burn that saw them splash down to much relief on 17 April – 142 hours and 54 minutes after launch.

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“HOUSTON, WE’VE HAD A PROBLEM HERE.” In truth, Apollo 13 had several problems, all of them critical.
Fleeing the damaged Command Module, the crew evacuated to the tiny Aquarius Lunar Module
to conserve power, fabricating a makeshift filter to absorb poisonous levels of CO2.
The astronauts of Apollo 13 in full space suits
Apollo 13 capsule landing
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