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APOLLO 13: “Houston, We Have a Problem” With NASA Ambassador John Fontana

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Date(s) - Wednesday, May 6
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30 PM VIA ZOOM

Those five words signaled a problem that could have had catastrophic consequences for astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert.  They were about 200,000 miles from Earth (which turned out to be a good thing).  But thanks to brilliant teamwork, brilliant and creative NASA personnel, and a lot of luck this ended as “NASA’s Finest Hour.”

Interestingly, the name of the command module was Odyssey.  And, from April 13 to April 17, 1970 that is what occurred.  Up to this point no lives had ever been lost in space and Gene Kranz, the flight director, was not going to see it happen on his watch.  He kept his promise.

By the way, if you’ve seen the movie Apollo 13 you would have heard the actor Ed Harris (playing Gene Kranz) say the famous line “Failure is not an option.” Gene, however, never did say it.  But, he liked it so much that he used it for the title of his autobiography.

Join us on ZOOM on May 6 at 6:30 pm to learn how this became “NASA’s Finest Hour.”  Not tuning in is not an option.

This program will be conducted using Zoom.  For information on using Zoom click here.  We will email you a link to the Zoom on the day of the program.

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