The command module, Odyssey, was the only module capable of reentering the earth’s atmosphere. Apollo 13’s crew moved back into Odyssey, then jettisoned Aquarius. They splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 142 hours, 54 minutes, 41 seconds from the time of liftoff.
Fred Haise remained in the astronaut rotation after Apollo 13, and was the backup mission commander for Apollo 16. Following Apollo 16, Haise transferred over to the Space Shuttle program. He retired from NASA in 1979.
Jack Swigert was selected as the command module pilot for the Apollo-Soyuz test project, the first joint U.S. – Soviet mission. Swigert left NASA in 1977, and was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in 1982. Swigert died in December of that same year.
Jim Lovell is one of three men to have flown to the moon twice, but he never walked on its surface. Lovell accumulated 715 hours in space, and watched 269 sunrises from space. Lovell, along with Haise and Swigert hold the record for the farthest distance humans have traveled from earth. He retired from the U.S. Navy and Space Program in 1973.
April 18th, 2020 at 9:58 PM
I enjoyed your Apollo 13 series. For some reason, the film is forgotten. I haven’t seen it in ages…
April 19th, 2020 at 11:20 AM
I’ve always found the Apollo 13 mission to be as fascinating as the ones that landed on the moon. Jim Lovell’s book “Lost Moon” is right up there with the movie.
July 16th, 2020 at 5:36 AM
Great info and follow up of those 3 brave men. Thank you for posting this
July 16th, 2020 at 6:21 PM
Thanks for the comment, and for stopping by.