Flight Director Gene Kranz watches Fred Haise on the big right-hand Eidophor TV monitor shortly before the explosion.

45 years after Apollo 13: Ars looks at what went wrong and why

Flight Director Gene Kranz watches Fred Haise on the big right-hand Eidophor TV monitor shortly before the explosion.

The ultimate in teamwork ~ Apollo 13 astronauts after rescue, 1970....James Lovell, John Swigert, Fred Haise.

The ultimate in teamwork ~ Apollo 13 astronauts after rescue, 1970....James Lovell, John Swigert, Fred Haise.

Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise train for the moonwalk they would never take part in

Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise train for the moonwalk they would never take part in

Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 were successful. Space travel began to feel like a routine event. That ended in April 1970 with Apollo 13. The spacecraft was rocked by a small explosion two days into its mission. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert spent four days struggling to return to Earth. Here is Mission Control in tense moments before the astronauts splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.| From Earth to the Moon ... and Back | Kids Discover

Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 were successful. Space travel began to feel like a routine event. That ended in April 1970 with Apollo 13. The spacecraft was rocked by a small explosion two days into its mission. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert spent four days struggling to return to Earth. Here is Mission Control in tense moments before the astronauts splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.| From Earth to the Moon ... and Back | Kids Discover

45 Years Later: Apollo 13 Life Lessons - The original crew of the Apollo 13 mission, with Jim Lovell (left), Ken Mattingly (center) and Fred Haise (right) in their astronaut suits. |

45 Years Later: Apollo 13 Life Lessons - The original crew of the Apollo 13 mission, with Jim Lovell (left), Ken Mattingly (center) and Fred Haise (right) in their astronaut suits. |

Apollo 13 - 40th Anniversary at Kennedy Space Center - Jim Lovell and Fred Haise - Part 1 by Brent Haeseker. This is part 1 of the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Recorded on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at approximately 10:30am. Not knowing how long my batteries would last (new, untested video camcorder), I didn't get the video started until right after Jim Lovell was introduced and taking the stage. Fred Haise introduction was next.

Apollo 13 - 40th Anniversary at Kennedy Space Center - Jim Lovell and Fred Haise - Part 1 by Brent Haeseker. This is part 1 of the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Recorded on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at approximately 10:30am. Not knowing how long my batteries would last (new, untested video camcorder), I didn't get the video started until right after Jim Lovell was introduced and taking the stage. Fred Haise introduction was next.

Apollo 13 splashdown, James Lovell and Fred Haise, April 17, 1970 | by Dan Beaumont Space Museum

Apollo 13 splashdown, James Lovell and Fred Haise, April 17, 1970 | by Dan Beaumont Space Museum

Remembering Apollo 13 - Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise head for Pad 39A and a voyage they will never forget. Apollo 13 was launched to the Moon on April 11, 1970.

Remembering Apollo 13 - Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise head for Pad 39A and a voyage they will never forget. Apollo 13 was launched to the Moon on April 11, 1970.

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