Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of

APOLLO 13

Discover, share, and learn about the NASA's "most successful failure"
from the home of the authentic Apollo 13 spacecraft — the Cosmosphere

FIND OUT ABOUT THE MISSION

IN THE NEWS

Apollo 13 News Stories

Smithsonianmag.com


HEAR THE STORIES FROM THE PEOPLE THAT LIVED IT

Credit: Andrew Luck-Baker, series producer of 13 Minutes to the Moon.  Series host, Kevin Fong

NASA DOCUMENTARY

Apollo 13: Home Safe


APOLLO 13 RESOURCES

Apollo 13 Mission Information

Mission Objective: Apollo 13 was supposed to land in the Fra Mauro area on the Lunar surface. An explosion on board forced Apollo 13 to circle the Moon without landing. The Fra Mauro site was reassigned to Apollo 14.

Credit: NASA

MISSION INFO HERE

Apollo 13 Virtual Tour

Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot, Fred Haise provides behind the scenes commentary for the tour of the Odyssey Command Module, which is on display in Cosmosphere's Apollo Gallery

Just remember, nothing is a substitute for the chance to experience this great piece of space history in person!

Credit: Cosmosphere

Apollo 13 Command Module

Apollo 13 Image Library

They say a photo is worth a thousand words. More than that, images take us back in time to evoke the emotions of the moment.

Cosmosphere has curated hundreds of photos of the Apollo 13 mission. You can relive the months of training and preparation; the launch; the moments before the explosion and the harrowing days after, during which the greatest teamwork and problem solving skills ever were on display. Let us know what your favorite images are! Share your favorite Apollo 13 image on our Facebook page.

Credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and NASA


Apollo 13 Views of Moon in 4K

Data gathered from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft was used to recreate some of the stunning views of the Moon that the Apollo 13 astronauts saw on their perilous journey around the farside in 1970.

Credit: NASA


Apollo 13 in Real Time

This searchable Apollo 13 website is a NASA-funded project designed by NASA contractor Ben Feist. It provides access to all of the photographs, film, transcripts and audio from the mission. 

Visitors can replay the mission in real time or scroll through to find highlights. The site includes more than 17,000 hours of audio recorded from the various positions at mission control. It also includes video from NASA press conferences as they occurred, as well as newly audio-synched, previously silent, mission control footage.

Credit: NASA


Apollo 13 Facts

Prepare for your next Apollo 13 Trivia Night, or just expand your understanding of facts about the Astronauts, the Command Module and more!

Credit: Cosmosphere, space.com


Apollo 13 In-Flight Video Recordings

These TV transmissions are film recordings of television transmissions, or kinescopes, transferred onto broadcast videotape, then converted to digital files and posted to Johnson’s Internet Archive collection.

Credit: NASA


Triskaidekaphobia: Fear of the #13

For people who suffer from TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA (the fear of the number 13), the flight of Apollo 13's Odyssey would not have been for them!

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic led to the cancellation of many celebrations planned to commemorate the Apollo 13's 50th Anniversary, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell speculated that maybe the bad luck of the number 13 is still alive and well!

Credit: Cosmosphere

THE RESTORATION OF ODYSSEY

When NASA was ready to restore the Apollo 13 Command Module Odyssey, they turned to Cosmosphere's SpaceWorks Division. SpaceWorks is internationally known for spacecraft restoration and preservation as well as replica fabrication.

Find out more about SpaceWorks here.

VIEW IMAGES HERE

APOLLO 13: THE MOVIE

Did you know that SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, designed and built many of the props for the 1995 film, Apollo 13? 

SpaceWorks created 80% of the props from the movie!

VIEW IMAGES HERE

COSMOSPHERE: HOME OF ODYSSEY

The Cosmosphere is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum in Hutchinson, KS and the proud home of the Apollo 13 spacecraft, Odyssey.

On loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

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