Apollo 40 Years

    Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13: A Celebration of Innovation

    Apollo 40 Years On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 lifted off for the moon with Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise aboard. Two days later, with the spacecraft well on its way to the moon, an oxygen tank exploded, scrubbing the lunar landing and putting the crew in jeopardy. The crew in the capsule and innovative ground crew tirelessly worked together to creatively find a solution. Despite the odds, through the eyes and efforts of NASAs’ teams, the mission ended safely when the crew splashed down on April 17, 1970. Its “can-do” spirit lives on at NASA.

    Please join us as we celebrate this historic milestone with events around the Houston area. Activities are planned for the community and Johnson Space Center employees to celebrate the legacy of Apollo 13. Stay tuned to this website for more details.

    Tuesday, April 6
    "Telling the Stories of Apollo: A Conversation with Apollo Alumni” 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Join us in the Teague Auditorium for a special storytelling event featuring Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise, Flight Director Gene Kranz, Flight Controller John Aaron, Flight Director Glynn Lunney, Flight Director Gerry Griffin and TIME Magazine’s Jeff Kluger as the moderator. Learn about the innovations used to save the Apollo 13 crew and how those lessons apply to our missions today.

    This event is for badged JSC employees and contractors only.

    Historic Mission Control Open House 2 to 4 p.m.
    Travel back in time…visit with Apollo Alumni in Historic Mission Control. Talk to the people who worked in the Apollo Program, touch historic consoles and see images of the Apollo 13 mission.

    This event is for badged JSC employees and contractors only.

    Apollo 13 Celebration at the Gilruth Center 5 to 8 p.m.
    The days’ activities will conclude with an Apollo 13 Celebration! Come out to the Gilruth Center for an evening of fun. Activities will include:

    • Food and beverages.
    • Entertainment by the Dave Kelldorf Band.
    • Showing of “Apollo 13” in Alamo Ballroom.
    • Activities for kids.
    • Tickets are $13 (kids 3 and under are free). Includes James Coney Island hot dogs, chips, cookie and two drink tickets.
    • Redeem ticket for commemorative button and medallion.
    • Tickets on sale at Starport Gift Shops through March 31.
    • This event is open to the public.
    Due to time constraints, autographs and photographs will not be available. Thank you.

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  • Events Schedule

    ● March 27 – Showing of “Apollo 13” at Discovery Green
    ● April 6 – Apollo 13 40th anniversary activities at Johnson Space Center

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