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‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’: Apollo 13 had lifted off from Cape Kennedy, April 11, 1970. The three astronauts aboard, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell were unaware of a serious problem developing during their launch. The fault, focal oscillation, was fixed, but on April 13 a fire erupted in the oxygen tank and the astronauts were left with very little air or fuel, which forced them into the tiny lunar module attached to their craft for the ride home.