New Yorkers joined much of the rest of the world on Wednesday (15 April) as they offered prayers for the safe return of the three Apollo 13 astronauts.
SV & CU NEWSSTAND & NEWSPAPER HEADLINES IN NEW YORK (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN UP ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
LV PEOPLE ENTERING CATHEDRAL IN ONES & TWOS (3 SHOTS)
Initials JH/VS/MR/PS JH/VS/MR/SGM
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Background: New Yorkers joined much of the rest of the world on Wednesday (15 April) as they offered prayers for the safe return of the three Apollo 13 astronauts. Americans followed the attempts by Mission Control to bring the crippled spacecraft back to earth successfully.
Newspapers in New York featured the events in space with banner headlines. Many people went to St. Patrick's Cathedral in the city to answer President Nixon's plea for prayers for the astronauts.
In space, the problem of astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert were complicated on Wednesday night when one of the three batteries providing power to the lunar module was shut down after a master alarm warned that something was wrong.
The astronauts are using the lunar module's life-support system to provide an inhabitable environment on the trip back to earth following Monday's (13 April) massive failure and oxygen leak in the command module.
On Thursday (16 April) a liquid gas tank on the lunar module burst its pressure tank as expected, rolling the spaceship from side to side.
A mid-course correction to bring the spacecraft on a course for re-entry into the earth's atmosphere was carried out successfully on Thursday. A further correction is planned for Friday (17 April) in the early afternoon.