Apollo 13 Audio






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Apollo 13 - "Houston, we've had a problem"
"...Houston, we've had a problem..."

This is an audio clip between the crew of Apollo 13 and Mission Control in Houston during the voyage of Apollo 13 to the moon.  It replays the dialogue during those first moments when the number two oxygen tank in the Service Module (SM) exploded. 

But in the end, NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970.

An interesting quote from James A. Lovell (one the crew of Apollo 13):

"Since Apollo 13 many people have asked me, 'Did you have suicide pills on board?' We didn't, and I never heard of such a thing in the eleven years I spent as an astronaut and NASA executive. I did, of course, occasionally think of the possibility that the spacecraft explosion might maroon us in an enormous orbit about the Earth - a sort of perpetual monument to the space program. But Jack Swigert, Fred Haise, and I never talked about that fate during our perilous flight. I guess we were too busy struggling for survival." 

See a video of the damaged Service Module.

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