Apollo 13: Home Safe


“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Apollo 13 has become known as “a successful failure” that saw a safe return of the crew in spite of a catastrophic explosion in the middle of their lunar journey. This 30-minute documentary features interviews with Apollo 13 Astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, as well as Flight Directors Gene Kranz and Glynn Lunney, with engineer Hank Rotter. Parts of their interviews take place in the restored Apollo mission control room. This documentary also features original NASA footage and newly synchronized audio from Mission Control.

Thanks to Stephen Slater and Ben Feist/Apollo in Real-Time (apolloinrealtime.org/13) for providing additional footage and audio.

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  1. I'm only 35 but it seems like things were different as a country back then. There wasn't so much hate and contempt for fellow citizens. People worked together for an epic goal- yes there were problems then too but not like today. Other than 9/11 i really haven't seen the nation united in some ways like that. The Apollo 13 movie has to be in my top 5 movies of all time. One of the few that brings me to tears when the parachutes open toward the end and they are ok!

  2. I still have a vivid memory of being huddled around an old Roberts radio listening to the re-entry. The World literally stood still. The feeling of nail-biting tension. It was silence, you could hear a pin drop, and when the predicted 4min 30sec LOS blackout came and went and there was still silence, we all had this sinking feeling they may not have made it through the re-entry stage. For 90secs we held our breath, looking at one another with a pit in our stomachs until we heard 'Odyssey Houston standing-by over' and the call back, then another agonizing 4mins until the main chutes were sighted. Then we knew they were going to splash-down safely. Utter relief. They were home. Gene Kranz recalling that moment said he slumped back in his seat and wept.

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