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Apollo XIII Patch"Houston, We've Had A Problem"

Nothing had captured the American public's imagination and pride like the landing on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, while Michael Collins remained in orbit on the Command Module, on July 20, 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 space mission. The excitement generated by "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" had every young boy and girl wanting to be an astronaut and every household in America regularly watching the Apollo newscasts.

Nine months later, on April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 took off with Navy Captain James Lovell, Jr. as the Commander, with John "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Command Module Pilot, and Fred Haise, Jr. as the Lunar Module Pilot. Fifty six hours into the flight, an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks crippled the Command Module Odyssey. The men moved to the Lunar Module, which became their lifeboat, and was used to provide emergency power, oxygen, and propulsion as Lovell and his crew swung around the Moon and began the return to the Earth. This sounds so easy on paper but the timing was tense as calculations were done on Earth and Lovell had to manually adjust the Lunar Module's course by using its thrusters and engine. See the National Air and Space Museum sight ( for more information.

On April 17, the astronauts were scheduled to return to Earth. As Apollo 13 neared Earth, the crew first jettisoned the Service Module so pictures could be taken for later analysis. It was then that the crew saw for the first time that the Sector 4 panel been damaged and it was unknown if the heat shield on the Command Module would be damaged as well. The Odyssey begins its lone descent back to earth, with the world watching to see if re-entry would be successful. The YouTube video of the BBC broadcast of the re-entry will let you relive the moment Odyssey enters the two minute radio black out period, makes its re-entry, and splashes down in the Pacific Ocean. The applause and excitement of the crew on the ship that will retrieve the astronauts, the USS Iwo Jima, is duplicated around the world in thanks for the successful splashdown of these brave men.Apollo Splash Down

The actual recording of the communication between ground control in Houston and the spacecraft can be found on several videos including "Apollo 13: Houston, We've Got a Problem, Classic NASA Film-Apollo 13 - #1 (DiscoveryNetworks)" and "Apollo 13-The Real Story", a tribute to the crew, The recording "BBC Apollo 13 Re-Entry" can be found at

Glendale sightings

Competition season for Drill and Honor Guard teams is fast approaching, and Glendale Parade Store is in the mix as a proud sponsor and participant in:

  • April 20: The National Fire Department Honor Guard Competition, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • May 5-7: The 2012 National High School Drill Team Championships, Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • May 13-19: National Police Honor Guard competition, part of National Police Week 2012, Washington DC.
Good luck to all the teams, and remember the Glendale motto:


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