“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem”
Mint Stamps Honor 45th Anniversary of Apollo 13
Launched on April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 was supposed to be the third mission to land on the moon. Instead it became famous for a critical malfunction and perilous journey back to Earth. On the third day of the mission, an oxygen tank exploded, severely damaging the command module. “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” the understatement uttered by crewmember John Swigert, alerted ground control to the life-threatening situation.
The only way to save the three crewmembers was to cancel the lunar landing, swing around the Moon, and return back to Earth. The three astronauts had to use the lunar module Aquarius – equipped to sustain two people for two days – as a type of lifeboat for the return home. As the world watched, the three astronauts made the tense four-day journey back to Earth and safely splashed down.
This mint stamp sheet features images of the three astronauts, the Saturn V SA-508 rocket that took them to space, the Aquarius module, and the mission insignia. Lots of history to add to your collection – order yours today.