Astronauts Commemorates Anniversary of Apollo 13 Mission

Astronauts Commemorates Anniversary of Apollo 13 Mission

On Monday, surviving Apollo 13 astronauts and numerous flight directors came together to commemorate an unsuccessful moon mission 40 years back, which they managed to turn into one of the greatest achievements in the history of space exploration.

Those who assembled consisted of Apollo 13 Commander, James Lovell, fellow crew member, Fred Haise and NASA's famed Flight Director, Gene Kranz, all three of whom were commemorated in the 1995 movie "Apollo 13" that starred Tom Hanks as Lovell.

"There's truly a unique bond. There is a brotherhood", Kranz said in relation to how the crisis created a lifelong relationship between everyone involved.

The Adler Planetarium, where the reunion was held, is holding a sequence of events this month commemorating the Apollo 13 flight. One show comprises a lunar helmet and gloves, which Lovell was believed to wear on the moon, had the mission gone as scheduled.

On April 13, 1970, an oxygen tank blasted as the spacecraft was four-fifths of the way to the moon. The team that included Jack Swigert, who died in 1982, was compelled to scrap the moon mission and to focus exclusively on returning to Earth alive.

In Houston, Kranz led hundreds of flight regulators and engineers in an incensed rescue plan. He claimed on Monday that he never let himself think that the plan could not succeed.

But he quickly added, "There is some point when you do the best you can and then it's up to a higher authority to steer this mission to its ultimate conclusion".