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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lovell • Swigert • Haise

Launched: April 11, 1970 • Splashdown: April 17, 1970

 

—“Okay Houston, Hey, We've got a problem here...” —

 
Lovell • Swigert • Haise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
1. Lovell • Swigert • Haise Marker
Apollo 13
Inscription. Commander Jim Lovell's words initiated heroic efforts by crew and mission control to salvage a crippled spacecraft and return Apollo 13 safely to Earth.

The Apollo 13 mission is the only Apollo flight remembered primarily for the effort to bring it home. On the second day of the flight, a power producing oxygen tank exploded, badly damaging the service module and forcing the Moon landing to be aborted. But with the spacecraft nearly dead, the cancellation quickly paled in importance to the need to save the astronauts. As mission control radioed emergency strategies around the clock, the astronauts converted the lunar module into a “lifeboat” and overcame each crisis by jury-rigging damaged equipment with the meager resources onboard. Following an anxious pass behind the Moon to gain lunar “sling-shot” momentum for the long journey back to Earth, Apollo 13 limped home with a worldwide television audience watching breathlessly. The astronauts' safe return, despite enormous challenges, was cause for great celebration - reason enough to label the crippled mission a “successful failure.”
 
Location. 34° 42.667′ N, 86° 39.339′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Tranquility Base half
Footprint & Signature of Capt James Lovell image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
2. Footprint & Signature of Capt James Lovell
Gemini 7 & 12; Apollo 8 & 13
a mile west of Old Madison Pike NW, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conrad • Gordon • Bean (here, next to this marker); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (here, next to this marker); Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin (here, next to this marker); Scott • Worden • Irwin (here, next to this marker); Young • Mattingly • Duke (here, next to this marker); Cernan • Evans • Schmitt (here, next to this marker); McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan (a few steps from this marker); Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceExploration
 
Lovell • Swigert • Haise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
3. Lovell • Swigert • Haise Marker
Apollo XIII - Lovell • Swigert • Haise image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
4. Apollo XIII - Lovell • Swigert • Haise
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on July 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 27, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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