Nation: Four Days of Peril Between Earth and Moon

MAN'S fifth mission to the moon was going well, and from more than 200,000 miles out in space Commander Jim Lovell had just wound up a televised tour of the spacecraft. "This is the crew of Apollo 13 wishing everyone there a nice evening," he said. "We're just about ready to close out our inspection of Aquarius and get back for a pleasant evening in Odyssey." Minutes later, the almost idyllic journey of Astronauts Lovell, Fred Haise and John Swigert turned into a heart-pounding nightmare.

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