Photos: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50
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Photos: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

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This Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13's ill-fated moon mission that one astronaut calls NASA's most successful failure and others consider Mission Control's finest hour.

The coronavirus pandemic has robbed famed astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise of their anniversary celebrations. Festivities are on hold, including at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the mission began on April 11, 1970, a Saturday just like this year.

Here's a look back at the preparations, the launch and the drama that followed, in images from space and on the ground as America watched it all unfold:

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