Photos: The 50th anniversary of the unforgettable Apollo 13 mission

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  • The original astronauts

    The original Apollo 13 astronauts, before Ken Mattingly was replaced by Jack Swigert. Jim Lovell (left), Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise.

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  • Apollo 13 Saturn V in the morning

    Apollo 13 Saturn V during early-morning rollout on December 16, 1969. 

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  • Saturn V

    Saturn V on the pad at dusk.

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  • Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell at the launch pad during training.

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  • Ken Mattingly

    Ken Mattingly at the launch pad during training.

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  • Apollo 13 CSM

    Apollo 13 CSM in Assembly and Test.

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  • Apollo 13 Training MESA

    Apollo 13 Training MESA. View of the TV camera from the ladder side.

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  • Command module training

    Jim Lovell (left), Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise climb into a command module during training.

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  • Jack Swigert

    Jack Swigert prepares to enter the spacecraft during training in September 1969.

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  • Lunar landing training vehicle

    View of the lunar landing training vehicle.

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  • Apollo 13 training in the Gulf of Mexico

    Apollo 13 water egress training in the Gulf of Mexico in February 1970.

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  • Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell and his chest-mounted Hasselblad camera during EVA (extravehicular activity) training on February 3, 1970.

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  • Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell

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  • Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell

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  • Jim Lovell’s 42nd birthday celebration

    On March 25,1970, Jim Lovell celebrated his 42nd birthday before the Apollo 13 mission.

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  • Fred Haise

    Fred Haise carries mock-ups of the ALSEP packages while in a harness attached to the arm of a large centrifuge. The harness is designed to reduce his apparent weight to one-sixth normal, giving a simulation of lunar conditions. Photo taken on January 19, 1970. 

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  • Geology traverse training

    Fred Haise (left) and Jim Lovell during geology training.

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  • Fred Haise

    Fred Haise

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  • Fred Haise

    Fred Haise in a recovery raft during training.

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  • Fred Haise

    Fred Haise in the centrifuge harness.

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  • Fred Haise, Jim Lovell and Ken Mattingly

    Fred Haise (left) Jim Lovell, and Ken Mattingly pose in front of the launch pad on April 6, 1970, the week before launch.

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  • The original Apollo 13 astronauts

    Fred Haise (left), Jim Lovell, and Ken Mattingly board the transfer van after the successful completion of the Countdown Demonstration Test on March 26, 1970.

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  • The astronauts the day before launch

    Fred Haise (left), Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell pose on the day before launch. Swigert had just replaced Ken Mattingly as CMP after Mattingly was exposed to German Measles. Photo taken on April 10, 1970.

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  • The Apollo 13 astronauts

    Jim Lovell (left), Jack Swigert and Fred Haise pose on the day before launch on April 10, 1970.

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  • Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell during suit up on launch day on April 11, 1970.

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  • Jim Lovell getting a good luck wish

    NASA captioned this one: Astronaut secretary Martha Caballero wishing Apollo 13 commander James A. Lovell, Jr. good luck. The photo was taken on April 11, 1970.

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  • Launch day

    Jim Lovell leads Fred Haise and Jack Swigert to the transfer van on launch day.

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  • Launch day

    To the transfer van on launch day. 

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  • To the transfer van

    The Apollo 13 crew members make their way to the transfer van on launch day.

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  • The crew members

    Crew members of the Apollo 13 mission.

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  • Apollo 13 launch

    April 11, 1970



  • Apollo 13 launch

    April 11, 1970

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  • Apollo 13 launch

    April 11, 1970



  • Jim Lovell

    Jim Lovell in the Lunar Module, preparing it for jettison. 

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  • View of the moon from a window on the Lunar Module

    How the moon looked to the astronauts aboard the Lunar Module. 

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  • View of Earth

    View of Earth from Apollo 13.

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  • Mission Operations Control Room

    A group of eight astronauts and flight controllers monitor the console activity in the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) of the Mission Control Center (MCC) during the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission. When this picture was made on April 13, 1970, the Apollo 13 moon landing had already been cancelled, and the Apollo 13 crewmen were in transearth trajectory attempting to bring their crippled spacecraft back home.

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  • Deke Slayton

    Deke Slayton (in the checked jacket) shows the adapter devised to make use of square Command Module lithium hydroxide canisters to remove excess carbon dioxide from the Apollo 13 LM cabin. Taken on April 15, 1970.

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  • Famous device made from duct tape, maps and other materials

    Inflight photo of the device constructed by the crew from duct tape, maps and other materials they had on hand as per instructions provided by Houston.

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  • Interior view of the Lunar Module

    Interior view of the Apollo 13 Lunar Module during the journey back to Earth.

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  • Damaged Service Module

    View of the severely damaged Service Module after separation.

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  • Top of Apollo 13 Lunar Module Aquarius

    View of the top of Apollo 13 Lunar Module Aquarius after separation.

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  • Celebration at Mission Control

    Mission Control in Houston celebrates the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew. Gene Kranz is smoking a celebratory cigar at the right while Deke Slayton, in front of the mission patch, shakes hands.  

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  • Apollo 13 splashdown

    Apollo 13 splashdown.

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  • Apollo 13 recovery

    Apollo 13 recovery operations.

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  • Recovering the crew

    Jim Lovell (center) gestures in the recovery raft while a Navy diver positions the lift cage. Fred Haise is on the left side of the raft with Jack Swigert partly hidden beyond him.

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  • Iwo Jima

    Rear Admiral Donald C. Davis (USN), Recovery Task Force Commander, welcomes Fred Haise (left), Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell aboard the US Iwo Jima after their safe return on April 17, 1970.

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  • Fred Haise, Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert

    Fred Haise (left), Jim Lovell, and Jack Swigert emerge from the recovery helicopter on-board the aircraft carrier Iwo Jima on April 17, 1970.

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  • After landing.

    On the Iwo Jima, after landing, Jim Lovell reads a newspaper account of the Apollo 13 recovery on April 17, 1970.

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  • Examining the command module

    After landing, Jack Swigert (left) and Jim Lovell examine the Command Module aboard the Iwo Jima on April 17, 1970.

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  • command-module-divers

    Navy divers pose with the Command Module before it is hoisted aboard the Iwo Jima.

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  • The Apollo 13 Command Module

    The Apollo 13 Command Module after being hosted aboard the Iwo Jima on April 17, 1970.

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  • After landing, in Hawaii

    Fred Haise (left), Jim Lovell, President Richard Nixon, and Jack Swigert at Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii on April 18, 1970.

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