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Behind the Scenes of the Apollo 13 Recovery (1970)


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  •  Bob Chaney mans the live television camera 
  •  L to R: Don Saenger, Steve Davadeck, Steve Pollack, and John Hebert 
  •  Bill Evans 
  •  Steve Pollack 
  •  Initiation of the pollywogs after crossing the equator 
  •  Leonard Patillo 
  •  Jerry Weaver 
  •  The Apollo 13 astronauts come aboard the ship 
  •  Recovering the Command Module 
  •  Jim Whaley 
  •  Tearing down the news equipment 
  •  Rendezvous with a Japanese tanker bearing supplies 
  •  Frank Hicks 
  •  Group photo in front of a helicopter 
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This short documentary chronicles the experience of the KPRC-TV news crew aboard the USS Iwo Jima. Eighteen members from the Houston station traveled aboard the vessel to document the recovery of the Apollo 13 capsule and flight crew. Launched on April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the Moon. 55 hours and 55 minutes into flight, however, an oxygen tank exploded in the Service Module, depleting the crew’s oxygen supply and causing multiple fuel cells to fail. NASA soon aborted the original mission, and the safe return and landing of the crew became the primary objective. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on April 17.