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Apollo 13's Intense Comms Blackout

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A damaged Apollo 13 was about to re-enter Earth?s atmosphere amid a communications blackout. It would become the longest re-entry blackout in the history of the space program.

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The world celebrated the first moon landing in July 1969. After the success of Apollo 11, NASA dreams up new missions, each more ambitious than the last. But a series of budget cuts, waning public interest, and two near-disasters put the future of the space program in jeopardy. Through archival footage, interviews, and objects inside Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, revisit the Apollo 12 computer crash and the Apollo 13 mid-space explosion.

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