Man, Moment, Machine

Season 2 Episode 1

Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2006 on The History Channel
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Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side
April 1970 - the Apollo 13 mission is 178,000 miles from Earth, just two days away from a lunar landing, when an explosion rips the spacecraft apart and puts the crew’s lives on the line. Captain Jim Lovell has to work quickly and decisively to save his crew and what’s left of his ship. After struggling to stay alive for four days in a freezing cold spacecraft, no one knows if the command module carrying the astronauts can survive a fiery re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Only the leadership of Jim Lovell, the ingenuity of the NASA team in space and on the ground, and the robust systems of the spacecraft offer a chance for survival.moreless

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