51 years later: 10 things to know about the Apollo 13 mission

Mission Control erupts into cheers and applause as the Apollo 13 astronauts return to Earth.
Mission Control erupts into cheers and applause as the Apollo 13 astronauts return to Earth. (NASA)

More than half a century later, the Apollo 13 mission continues to fascinate audiences.

April 17 marks the 51st anniversary of the crew’s safe return to Earth, known as Splashdown Day.

Here are 10 things to know about Apollo 13:

  • Apollo 13 was NASA’s third moon-landing mission.
Mission Control erupts into cheers and applause as the Apollo 13 astronauts return to Earth. (NASA)
  • More than a half-century later, Apollo 13 is still considered “NASA’s finest hour.”
FILE - In this April 11, 1970 file photo, crowds watch the lift-off of the Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 13 spacecraft on its mission to the moon from Cape Kennedy, Fla. (AP Photo) (AP1970)
  • The mission is considered “a successful failure” because the astronauts returned safely to Earth despite the explosion.

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