Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 3

Apollo 13

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 22, 2001 on The History Channel
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Apollo 13
They really shouldn't have survived. When an oxygen tank exploded in the command module of Apollo 13, the prospects for the three astronauts aboard were exceedingly grim. But they defied the odds. Under even the best circumstances, a space mission is an extraordinary accomplishment. But the conditions faced by the crew of Apollo 13 make the story of their survival one of the most memorable By interviewing space agency veterans and using NASA's own mission records, APOLLO 13 brings this inspiring story to life. See how scientists and engineers on the ground pored over every detail of the spacecraft's electrical, navigational and propulsion systems to devise a workable way to save the crew, and how the daring and skill of the astronauts made the scheme a success. Faced with the prospect of an unmitigated disaster, NASA rallied and forged an unlikely triumph that, many feel, stands as their finest hour.moreless
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      • Narrator: American astronauts stranded in space, their lives on the line. An extraordinary rescue effort to bring them home safely, a combination of human courage and advanced technology. Now: Apollo 13, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Commentators:

        Max Ary
        President, Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

        James Lovell
        Apollo 13 Commander

        Gene Kranz
        Apollo 13 Flight Director

        Ken Mattingly
        Command Module Pilot

        Sy Liebergot
        Apollo 13 EECOM Flight Controller

        Fred Haise
        Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Lee Schneider
        Producer: Lee Schneider
        Associate Producer: Emily Lau
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
        Editor: Brian Johnson
        Editor: Avi Fisher
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Charlotte Carpenter
        Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Kristina Djokic
        Researcher: Anthony Lacques
        Researcher: Gloria Morris
        Historical Consultant: Dave Williams
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Bill Bolte
        Camera: Raul Casares
        Camera: Alex Walterscheid
        Field Audio: John Christianson
        Field Audio: J.R. Rodriguez
        Field Audio: Robby Watkins
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Assistant Editor: Kame Stoll
        Post Production Assistant: Stephen Franklin
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Detricia Meza
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        Max Ary
        Fred Haise
        Sherri Jurls
        Eugene F. Kranz
        Sy Liebergot
        James A. Lovell
        T.K. Mattingly
        Karen Siebert
        Spacehab, Inc

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday

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