Apollo 13 launched on 11 April 1970. Captain James A. Lovell Jr., USN, served as commander and former naval aviator Fred W. Haise Jr. was the lunar module pilot. While 200,000 miles from Earth there was an explosion on board which forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. Mission duration was 5 days, 22 hours, and 54 minutes. The mission was deemed a “successful failure.” Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2).
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