Astronaut James Lovell at his position in the Lunar Module
Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., commander of the Apollo 13 mission, is pictured at his position in the Lunar Module (LM). The Apollo 13 crew of Astronauts Lovell; John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot; and Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot, relied on the LM as a "lifeboat". The dependence on the LM was caused by by an apparent explosion of oxygen tank number two in the Service Module. The LM was jettisoned just prior to Earth re-entry by the Command Module.
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