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50 years after Apollo 13, Fred Haise talks virus, regrets


It has been fifty years since the launch of Apollo thirteen and there was supposed to be a ceremony to commemorate the occasion, but because of the coronavirus, they have turned to a virtual way of celebrating by adding photos and different things to an online site. Haise says he is not superstitious about the number thirteen even though this was an unlucky event, he regrets never being able to walk on the moon and were only a short distance from their landing site when an oxygen tank exploded and they had to sling shot back down to earth.

Key Takeaways:

  • The unlucky thirteen seems to be getting ready to make some moves again, despite the unlucky number.
  • Haise said that the people aboard Apollo thirteen could see their landing before they sling shot back to earth.
  • We are working hard to ensure we won’t have to respond to that sort of an emergency this time around.

“The 50th anniversary of the April 11, 1970 launch was to be marked with nine ceremonies across the country. Events were planned at Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers and Marshall Flight Center and a big weekend was to be under way in Biloxi complete with a banquet, a public unveiling of the launch pad, a statue of Haise at the Biloxi Lighthouse, and a bobble head Fred to be given away at a Biloxi Shuckers’ game.”

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