Remembering Apollo 13, NASA's Most Famous 'Successful Failure'

April 10, 2015 8:48 PM

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Tomorrow marks the 45th anniversary of the start of a mission that came to be known as NASA's most famous successful failure. Apollo 13 captured the world's attention after an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The three astronauts and dozens of flight controllers labored for days to solve one challenge after another. Many people directly involved in the mission came together on the eve of the anniversary. NPR's Russell Lewis reports.

RUSSELL LEWIS, BYLINE: The Apollo 13 mission started like so many others before it when it lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center in 1970.

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