Apollo 13 Movie
...Houston we've had a problem!

APOLLO 13 COMMANDER JAMES LOVELL, 13 APRIL 1970


DID YOU KNOW ?

Before the explosion Apollo 13 CAPCOM Joe Kerwin told the crew

The spacecraft is in real good shape as far as we are concerned. We are bored to tears down here.

DID YOU KNOW ?

Before the mission, Apollo 13 CDR James Lovell had taken his wife Marilyn to see the movie Marooned about 3 astronauts stranded in space.

Marooned reminded   LM Electrical Power System Manager Art Campos of a wiring solution that helped the real Apollo 13.

APOLLO 13 - THE NUMBER 13

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA

The steely-eyed missile men of NASA's MOCR MCC Houston would never
acknowledge suffering from Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13),
but remarkable co-incidences would make even hardened NASA veterans
pause for thought:
  • Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on 11 April 1970
  • 11 April 1970 or 11-04-70: 1 + 1 + 0 + 4 + 7 + 0 = 13
  • Apollo 13 launched from Pad A Launch Complex 39 = 13 + 13 + 13
  • Apollo 13 suffered its explosion on 13 April 1970
  • The following terms all total 13 characters:
  1.  1. Apollo Mission
  2.  2. James Fred Jack
  3.  3. Space Accident
  4.  4. German Measles
  5.  5. Odyssey Danger
  6.  6. Aquarius Peril
  7.  7. Command Module
  8.  8. Service Module
  9.  9. Lunar Lifeboat
  10. 10. Oxygen Tank Two
  11. 11. Tank Explosion
  12. 12. Carbon Dioxide
  13. 13. Superstitious
Even the Aquarius horoscope from the Houston Post 13 April 1970 read:
Do surprises turn you on ? Then this is the day for the unexpected !

SUPERSTITION

According to Apollo 13 FD Gene Kranz:
I never even considered 13 an unlucky mission, I don't think any of my controllers did, the crew certainly didn't. We have to eliminate any element of superstition. We deal with facts
The truth is that ALL spaceflight is dangerous and each mission faced its own challenges e.g. Apollo 12 endured two lightning discharges within one minute of launch which disrupted CM systems. Apollo 13's Oxygen Tank No. 2 (S/No. 10024X-TA0008) which exploded was originally assigned to Apollo 10 before being removed and installed in Apollo 13 NASA, however, have never flown another manned spacecraft numbered 13