• Short Summary

    The Apollo 13 astronauts, James Lovell, John Swigert, and Fred Haise, landed safely in the South Pacific on Friday (17 April) after their stricken spaceship limped on a quarter of a million miles home with the aid of the lander that was meant to have put them on the moon.

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    The Apollo 13 astronauts, James Lovell, John Swigert, and Fred Haise, landed safely in the South Pacific on Friday (17 April) after their stricken spaceship limped on a quarter of a million miles home with the aid of the lander that was meant to have put them on the moon.

    The command module gently landed in the ocean just four miles from the prime recovery ship, Iwo Jima, at 1:80 PM EST and jet helicopters quickly moved in to bring the men back to the carrier. The landing appeared flawless and the three astronauts seemed happy but very tired when they stepped on board the aircraft carrier. They were to spend then night on the ship and then fly Saturday to Samoa. They are due back in Houston on Sunday.

    Cheers burst out in the houston control centre room where crews had toiled for four days to get their colleagues back safely when the three big orange and white main parachutes appeared on the television screen. Television coverage of the splashdown was the best in the history of the space program with excellent pictures coming form a helicopter that hovered over the safely returned Apollo capsule as it boobed in the water.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA337OHB9NDQAXS39EVD2345DZD
    Media URN:
    VLVA337OHB9NDQAXS39EVD2345DZD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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