Picture of the Day: Apollo 13's Doomed Spacecraft

By Megan Garber

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On this day in 1970, the NASA command moduleĀ Odyssey blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center, bringing a start to theĀ Apollo 13 mission. Two days after liftoff, an oxygen tank would explode within the module, thwarting the mission's intended lunar landing and leading astronaut Jack Swigert to utter the second-most famous phrase in the history of space exploration: "Houston, we've had a problem." Pictured above is NASA's diagram of that module.

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Image: NASA.

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