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The NASA Engineer That Saved Apollo 12

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The NASA Engineer That Saved Apollo 12

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Apollo 12 was in trouble mere seconds after launch, and NASA engineers were scrambling to figure out why. Then, flight controller John Aaron remembered something from his training.

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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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