50 years ago today, the courageous crew of Apollo 13 looped around the far side of the Moon to begin their uncertain journey back to Earth. This visualization, created using modern data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows us what astronauts Lovell, Swigert, and Haise would have seen while out of radio contact.

Apollo 13 50 Years Later

50 years ago this week, the world waited anxiously to discover the fate of Apollo 13 astronauts Lovell, Swigert and Haise. Today, planetarium educator Jordan looks back at NASA’s “successful failure.”

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