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Hawaii rolled out aloha for Apollo 13 astronauts

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    President Richard Nixon appears with the crew of the Apollo 13 moon mission at Hickam Air Force Base in April 1970. In post-mission ceremonies in Hawaii, Nixon presented crewmembers Fred Haise, left, Jim Lovell and John Swigert with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • COURTESY NASA

    Apollo 13, launched on April 11, 1970, encountered a mid-flight emergency two days later when a fault in the electrical system on one of the oxygen tanks generated an explosion that caused both oxygen tanks to fail and also to a loss of electrical power. The crew shut down the Command Module and used the Lunar Module as a “lifeboat” during a knuckle-biting return trip to Earth. This is the damaged service module from the Apollo 13.

Hawaii gave the Apollo 13 astronauts a warm welcome in 1970 when an emergency caused them to land in the Pacific instead of the Caribbean 47 years ago this week. Read more

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