Remembering the heroic efforts of Apollo 13's astronauts

Published: Apr. 19, 2010 at 7:57 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM CDT
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Fred Haise, 2010 and 1969
Fred Haise, 2010 and 1969

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Forty years ago, Apollo 13 blasted off to the moon. Onboard was Biloxi native Fred Haise, a lunar module pilot.

Later today at John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Haise will be on hand for an event marking this 40th anniversary.

Haise will share his memories of this third lunar mission, where an oxygen tank explosion crippled the Apollo 13 spacecraft on the way to the moon and forced a perilous return to Earth, which NASA credits the heroic efforts of the astronauts and ground control team for.

NASA has characterized the mission as a "successful failure" and one of the space agency's finest hours.

Hancock County reporter Al Showers will be at the Apollo 13 anniversary event and will have Haise's comments on this huge part of our country's space history later on WLOX News and

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