08-18-2017, 07:51 PM
On April 14, more than 200,000 miles from Earth, Apollo 13 experienced a catastrophic explosion of their #2 oxygen tank in their Service Module. The explosion critically damaged the spacecraft and the Command Module's ability to sustain human life. Over the next 3 days, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, with support from NASA on the ground, fought to bring their spacecraft home. Lunar Module Aquarius was used as a lifeboat which not only provided life support but also propulsion and guidance to bring the men home. When Apollo 13 splashed down on April 17 with the three crew worn and weary but very much alive, it was the end to one of the most incredible journeys ever undertaken. This artwork is a tribute to one of NASA's finest hours and the indomitable human spirit.