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Apollo 13: Crewed Lunar Landing

Mission Details

Mission Name: Apollo 13
Mission Type: Crewed Lunar Lander
Operator: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Launching State: United States
Location: Between Lansberg & Euclides Craters ?
Latitude: -2.553
Longitude: -27.887
Launch Date: 11 April 1970, 19:13:00 UT
Landing Date: 15 April 1970, 01:09:41 UT
Crew: James A. Lovell Jr., commander; Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot; John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot
Objects on or Related to Site:
Apollo 13 SIVB
Image Source: NASA


The mission of the Apollo program was to perform a crewed lunar landing. The first four flights, including Apollo 10, tested the equipment used to ultimately place humans on the lunar surface.

The first Apollo flight happened in 1968. The first Moon landing took place in 1969. The last Moon landing was in 1972. A total of twelve humans walked on the Moon as a result of the Apollo program.

The astronauts conducted scientific research, studied the lunar surface and collected Moon rocks to bring back to Earth. The Apollo 13 lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank in the service module (SM) failed two days into the mission.

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Heritage Consideration

The story of Apollo 13 is an enduring tale of survival, perseverance and innovation in the face of emergency. It is the first and so far only crewed mission intended for the Moon that did not land there.

Object on or Related to Site

Object Name: Apollo 13 SIVB
Cospar: 1970-029B
Norad: N/A
Location: -2.553,-27.887
Launch Date: 11 April 1970, 19:13:00 UT
Landing Date: 15 April 1970, 01:09:41 UT
Deployment: N/A
End Date: N/A
The Saturn V rocket consisted of a 3-stage launching system. The third stage, the SIVB, was used to propel the docked Apollo Command Module and Lunar Module from Earth orbit into lunar trajectory.
Image Source: NASA


On April 15th 1970, the Apollo 13 Saturn IVB upper stage impacted the Moon north of Mare Cognitum, at -2.55° latitude, -27.88° East longitude. The impact crater, which is roughly 30 meters in diameter, is clearly visible in LROC NAC image M109420042LE.

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