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Apollo 13: The terrifying blackout silence remembered by those who were there – BBC World Service


The final few minutes of Apollo 13 didn’t go to plan. In 1970, as the crew re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, there was a blackout period where they couldn’t communicate with mission control.

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The blackout period was supposed to last three minutes, but it lasted 90 seconds longer, leaving those at mission control uncertain if the crew were going to make it home safely.

Fifty years on, hear the story from those who lived through it at mission control, Commander Jim Lovell and his wife Marilyn.

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