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On This Day in Space! April 17, 1970: Apollo 13 Returns from Aborted Moon Mission
Space.com ^ | April 17, 2019 | Hanneke Weitering

Posted on 04/17/2019 4:21:54 PM PDT by Wiz-Nerd

On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 returned to Earth after narrowly avoiding a deadly disaster in space. This was supposed to be the third mission to land on the moon.

Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise launched on April 11 and were two days into their trip to the moon when an oxygen tank exploded, and NASA had to abort the mission. When the astronauts called mission control to report the incident, Swigert uttered the famous quote, "Houston, we've had a problem."


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KEYWORDS: apollo13; elonmusk; falcon9; falconheavy; fredhaise; jackswigert; jimlovell; moon; nasa; spacex; themoon

1 posted on 04/17/2019 4:21:54 PM PDT by Wiz-Nerd
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To: Wiz-Nerd

Wait, I thought it was that UPS guy who said that...


2 posted on 04/17/2019 4:23:49 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Wiz-Nerd

Bookmarked


3 posted on 04/17/2019 4:25:29 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: tet68

:-)


4 posted on 04/17/2019 4:30:00 PM PDT by Wiz-Nerd
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To: Wiz-Nerd

toally amazing ... thank goodness astronaut Tom Hanks made it back ...


5 posted on 04/17/2019 4:31:04 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Wiz-Nerd

If this were happening today, with a Republican President, as it was then, the media and the left would be pushing the theme of ‘can we really afford this?’, ‘Shouldn’t we be spending this money at home?’, ‘Was there negligence by the President?’, ‘What is the administration hiding about Apollo 13?’, etc. etc.


6 posted on 04/17/2019 4:32:34 PM PDT by neverevergiveup
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“If this were happening today, with a Republican President, as it was then, the media and the left would be pushing the theme of ‘can we really afford this?’, ‘Shouldn’t we be spending this money at home?’, ‘Was there negligence by the President?’, ‘What is the administration hiding about Apollo 13?’, etc. etc.”

We were blessed back then to live in a Nation where our identity was to be an American. American’s going placed none had gone before. American’s doing the impossible as we had been doing since the Revolution. We came together. We were still mostly Christian. Our values were solid.


7 posted on 04/17/2019 4:38:08 PM PDT by Wiz-Nerd
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Seems like such a long time ago..


8 posted on 04/17/2019 4:50:14 PM PDT by neverevergiveup
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‘If this were happening today, with a Republican President, as it was then, the media and the left would be pushing the theme of ‘can we really afford this?’, ‘Shouldn’t we be spending this money at home?’, ‘Was there negligence by the President?’, ‘What is the administration hiding about Apollo 13?’, etc. etc.’

Heck, it was going on then too. Senator Walter Mondole HATED the space program and with Apollo 12 losing its camera, and then 13’s close call, that was it - the last 3 Apollo flights, 3 FULLY BUILT ROCKETS, were grounded - so that we could ‘solve poverty’.

These people have not changed a bit - the only difference now is that Trump is forcing them to show their true colors.


9 posted on 04/17/2019 4:52:42 PM PDT by BobL (I eat at McDonald's and shop at Walmart - I just don't tell anyone.)
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You’re right, of course. It’s just that the ‘volume’ is much louder now, and they are much more ideological and aggressive.


10 posted on 04/17/2019 4:57:23 PM PDT by neverevergiveup
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"Seems like such a long time ago.."

It was. Face it, you're old. :-)

11 posted on 04/17/2019 5:11:57 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: catnipman

Pretty good movie. I understand the microgravity scenes were shot in one of NASA’s Vomit Comets. Must’ve been really something.


12 posted on 04/17/2019 5:50:37 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: neverevergiveup

If it happened today, the story would not be about the astronauts, but about diversity at NASA and that only a transgender female muslim can do the calculations to save them.


13 posted on 04/17/2019 7:31:28 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Hatteras

LOL. Nobody gets out alive..


14 posted on 04/17/2019 7:34:30 PM PDT by neverevergiveup
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To: Wiz-Nerd

Good flick made on it.


15 posted on 04/17/2019 8:17:56 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Wiz-Nerd

I remember it very well, I was a Junior in high school, we all watched it on television and prayed together.


16 posted on 04/17/2019 8:28:40 PM PDT by wjcsux (The hyperventilating of the left means we are winning! (Tagline courtesy of Laz.))
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