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"Apollo 13": Potential Disaster Becomes NASA's Finest Hour

In April 1970, the spacecraft Apollo 13, was crippled by an in-flight explosion. The astronauts relied on archaic navigational techniques to get back home. A slight miscalculation could have sent the ship spiraling thousands of miles off course into outer space. Even if navigation back into earth's orbit succeeded, fears remained that the heat shield and parachutes were not functional. In addition, a tropical storm was ...

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