Apollo 13 – BBC Coverage (April 1970)

Fascinating BBC coverage of the Apollo 13 splashdown from April 1970, hosted by James Burke, Cliff Michelmore and Patrick Moore.

A fair amount of the BBC’s footage of the Apollo missions fell foul of the archive purges of the 1970’s (the Apollo 11 broadcasts, for example, were particlarly hard hit by wipings) so it’s fortunate that this survives and also has escaped to the wider world via YouTube.

Enroute to the moon, the number 2 oxygen tank in the module exploded. The damage meant that a lunar landing was impossible, so the decision was made to abort the mission. But returning to earth safely was far from straightforward, as the footage below indicates.

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