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Old 11th Apr 2020, 10:41
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Apollo 13

Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13. Commander Jim Lovell is now 92 and Fred Haise is 86, but Jack Swigert died in 1982, shortly after being elected to Congress.

It's hard to believe that the movie Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, came out 25 years ago: now as far in the past as it was from the mission itself. I'm surprised that we aren't seeing more about this in the media, even with COVID-19 drowning out most other news.
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I was at a conference back then as a student and there were some JPL guys there - they really didn't think they'd get them back at all...............
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The World held its' breath then, like it is now.
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For obvious reasons a lot of events scheduled for commemorate the anniversary have been postponed or cancelled.

I don't know how long this virus is going to keep us from it, but I was all planned to go say goodbye to my spacecraft in Hutchinson, Kansas, and then take the family down to Kennedy Space Center fo a final Apollo 13 50th anniversary," Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell, who is now 92 said in an interview "But all of that is on hold"

Houston, we've had a delay: Apollo 13 50th celebrations rescheduled | collectSPACE

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Jim Lovell is a Giant among Aviators in my estimation and a very un-assuming Man.

He and others like him down through the Years accomplished feats of piloting that deserve commemoration and honor.

Sharing a drink with him was one of the highlights of my life.

Hand Salute to the Crew of Apollo 13.....ya'll certainly had the "Right Stuff"!
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Hear hear.

It's strange that I have absolutely no recollection of the Apollo 13 events at the time; I doubt my parents kept me away from it as they were not ones to hide bad news and encouraged me to read the paper at an early age. We were in Kenya but given that pretty much the whole world was following the drama it seems unlikely that the Kenyan news ignored it. I don't think we had "media" then did we?
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Surprised no one has seen this :
https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/

That must have taken some work!
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In 2015 I went to a lecture given by Jim Lovell. ALthough he must have recounted the story thousands of times he talked as though it happened yesterday. He did not use notes and took questions for a considerable time after his talk. He came across, as a good number of very talented people do, as an extremely modest man.

It really was a memorable talk especially as I lived through it and, like the rest of the world, avidly followed events until they returned safely to the Earth. Their return was far from guaranteed.

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Old 11th Apr 2020, 16:28
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Originally Posted by SASless View Post
Sharing a drink with him was one of the highlights of my life.
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Sigh..I wish..never met him..

That said he always seemed to me to exude a calmness and grace even before "13".

He coped alongside Frank Borman with the 14 days of Gemini 7...

He was probably the ideal guy to command the last Gemini flight - Buzz Aldrin was his pilot.

Seemed to have no grumbles at all at not getting the commanders position on Apollo 8 and being "bumped" down to Command Module Pilot - Borman got the commanders slot despite having fewer space hours/flights than Lovell..and then of course JL held it all together for 13 (apart from the odd grumble)....

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BBC World Service has been transmitting a series of short pieces on the Apollo 13 mission over the last few weeks.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0071pnc
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01:32 hr until launch for those watching 'live'.
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I don't think we had "media" then did we?
Just watched "The Dish" again.
There sure was media then.
I listened to parts of that mission on CBC SW in the wilds of northern Quebec.
Three months later found myself about a 100 miles from Parkes.
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Interesting listening to CSM EECOM right now talking about a discrepancy in the fuel cells. Hopefully no issues for launch.
Cross checking with Jim Lovell now using the thumb wheel and configuring the Stabilization and Control System.
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Now have live footage of the launch. T minus 42. Swing arm been moved back.
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T minus 19:30.
Jack Swigert is now pressurizing the Service Module Reaction Control System.
I've got the popcorn ready for the launch!
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CAPCOM just went though Go-No Go for launch. We are go for launch! Almost T-minus 5 mins
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There’s a documentary that focuses not so much on the astronauts but rather the flight control folks. Worthwhile and for the life of me I can’t find the title.
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Thereís a documentary that focuses not so much on the astronauts but rather the flight control folks. Worthwhile and for the life of me I canít find the title.

Is this it?

Mission Control:The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.
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There’s a documentary that focuses not so much on the astronauts but rather the flight control folks. Worthwhile and for the life of me I can’t find the title.
The book, "Apollo", by Murray and Cox contains an excellent account of events in "Mission Control" on the evening of 13 April 70 and the following days. Flight Directors Gene Krantz and Glyn Lunney (who barely gets a mention in "the" film") were under immense pressure in the first few hours. There's a lovely description in there of Lunney continually checking in or"polling" his controllers in turn.. encouraging them in their efforts, in the manner of a circus performer trying to keep dozens of spinning plates from falling off their supports and hitting to the floor...
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And today, it is the 59th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin. Also, exactly 39 years ago the first flight of the Space Shuttle (Columbia) took place.
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