Apollo 13 Day

April 11, 1970, 41 years ago. Dis-aster on our way Ad Astra. Probably more famous than Apollo 11, because of the book and the movie, and (one would like to think) the song.

The movie was the first to accurately portray weighlessness, because they shot scenes on the NASA ‘vomit comet’, with the actors actually weightless (OK, in modernspeak, in microgravity).

The song “Ballad of Apollo 13” has words by William Warren, and is sung to the tune of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot. It was immortalized by Julia Ecklar on the decades-out-of-print Off Centaur Productions tape “Minus Ten and Counting”. Surprisingly, as far as I can tell, it was never nominated for a Pegasus Award.

Today is the anniversary of the launch, Thursday is the anniversary of the explosion, and next Sunday is the anniversary of their safe landing.

Apollo 13 Service Module, from WikipediaThe damaged Service Module, from NASA, by way of Wikipedia.

I was going to write something longer, but (as they said in Jurassic Park), life gets in the way.

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One Response to “Apollo 13 Day”

  1. Kurt Says:

    I can never watch Tom Hanks in any film without thinking how brave and sensible he was in Apollo 13 and, like Elvis, what he gave up to serve his country at the height of his entertainment career. (I have the reg’lar and IMAX versions at home–although when I plug in the IMAX version, my old steadfast CRT TV fails to scale, so we just scoot closer.)

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