Nation: The Brave Men of Apollo

THE three men who weathered Apollo 13's crisis-ridden journey formed one of the more oddly matched crews of the space age. Apollo's skipper had a military background and was a veteran of three space flights, including a trip to the moon. His two crewmen were civilians and space novices, one a serious-minded parent, the other a swinging bachelor who joined the crew at the last moment to replace an astronaut threatened by German measles. Yet when disaster seemed imminent, the crew became a well-coordinated team, acting in concert to save their spacecraft—and their...

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