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The Apollo 13 Crew Faced a Major Threat After Abandoning Ship

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The crew of Apollo 13 had successfully repurposed the ship's lunar module to take them back to Earth. The problem was that the module was only designed to hold two astronauts - for no more than 40 hours.

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Nine months after Neil Armstrong makes "one giant leap for mankind," Apollo 13 launches from Cape Kennedy, Florida for NASA's third moon landing mission in April 1970. But 55 hours after takeoff, a catastrophic in-flight explosion causes serious damage to the spacecraft and puts the crew in mortal danger. In a frantic attempt to get the astronauts safely home, mission control must use every resource at their disposal. Witness the events as they unfolded, told through rare news reports, mission control audio, and original NASA newsreels.

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