It has been 48 years since three NASA astronauts took off into space with the hope of landing in the moon region of Fra Mauro. The Apollo 13 mission began on April 11, 1970 and ended up becoming one of NASA's most famous missions in history.
Astronauts James "Jim" Lovell, John "Jack" Swigert and Fred Haise began the mission normally. The first two days of the mission really went so well that another astronaut in control of the mission, Joe Kerwin, told Lovell: "The spacecraft is in very good shape as far as we are concerned, Jim. to tears. "
Soon after, there was an explosion on board that forced the men to spend the duration of their flight in the lunar module that was originally meant to take men to the moon. During the remaining days, the men spent their time in the lunar module and turned off their modules to conserve energy and resources.
After the life-saving efforts of the mission and crew control on board, the men were on their way home from their mission to space on April 17. They crashed in the Pacific Ocean after more than 140 hours in space.
Seven facts about the Apollo 13 mission:
James "Jim" Lovell, commander of the spacecraft, makes an appearance in the movie Apollo 13 about the mission.
The famous quote, "Houston, we have a problem", from Apollo 13 is really wrong. The two astronauts Swigert and Lovell said: "Houston, here we had a problem," according to NASA transcripts.
Ken Mattingly was the pilot of the command module but was replaced a few days before the mission due to fear that he might have hired German measles. He was replaced by Jack Swigert.
The mission command module is part of the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, although not currently It is displayed.  Apollo 14 was the mission that finally reached the part of the moon of Fra Mauro.
Jim Lovell and Fred Haise were the two astronauts who are expected to land on the moon.
Jim Lovell was also part of Apollo 8 and was one of the first people to see the farthest side of the moon, according to NASA.