Dakota Midday: Apollo 13 - NASA's Successful Failure

Apr 7, 2015

On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center for what was to be the third mission to land on the moon. But within two days after lift-off, an oxygen tank exploded crippling the spacecraft and putting the crew in danger. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat and shortage of drinkable water, the crew returned safely on April 17.

Apollo 13 crew -- Fred W. Haise, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr. and James A. Lovell, Jr.
Credit NASA

Tom Durkin is deputy director of the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium. He gives a talk on "Apollo 13: 45 Years Later" at the Journey Museum on Sunday, April 12 at 2 pm. Durkin joined Dakota Midday to discuss the nearly fatal mission.