This Day in History

Apollo 13, famously dubbed “a successful failure” by its mission commander, Jim Lovell, made a triumphant return to Earth on this day after a near-disastrous mission in space. The mission’s ordeal began with an oxygen tank explosion two days after launch, which crippled the spacecraft on its journey to the moon. Through the ingenuity and determination of the crew and the mission control team, Apollo 13 safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, showcasing the resilience and teamwork of the space program.