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Apollo 13 Spacecraft During Recovery
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Apollo 13 Spacecraft During Recovery

May 5, 2003
Astronaut John L. Swigert Jr., Apollo 13 command module pilot, is lifted aboard a helicopter in a "Billy Pugh" net while Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., commander, awaits his turn. Astronaut Fred Haise Jr., lunar module pilot, is already aboard the helicopter. In the life raft with Lovell and in the water are several U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team Swimmers who assisted in the recovery operations. The Apollo 13 spacecraft splashed down at 12:07:44 p.m., April 17, 1970.


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