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Apollo 13: A Successful Failure

Featuring Captain Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Gene Krantz

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
7:30 PM Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center 

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James Lovell and Fred Haise were captain and lunar module pilot of Apollo 13 when it was launched on April 11, 1970. This was intended to be the third NASA mission to land men on the moon. Two days into the flight, during a routine maneuver, an oxygen tank on the service module exploded, crippling the spacecraft. Apollo 13 and its three-man crew were some 200,000 miles from Earth.

Gene Krantz, back at Mission Control in Houston, worked with the crew and a team of NASA engineers and astronauts to solve a series of critical problems on the craft, including limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of clean water, and the need to repair the carbon dioxide removal system. Their desperate efforts were successful: Apollo 13 and crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970.

Lovell, Haise and Kranz will recount their experiences, explore the lessons of Apollo 13 and discuss the future of NASA and the U.S. space program during their visit to Fort Hays State University as a part of the Sebelius Lecture Series.



Ticket Information:

Reserved: $20
Unreserved: $15
FHSU Students: $10

For more information, contact Vince Bowhay, chair of the Special Events Committee, at

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