The Journey Museum commemorates 50-year anniversary of Apollo 13

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Many people from young generations may know of Apollo 13 from the 1995 film, others may recall that eventful week in 1970.

To commemorate the mission and the future of space exploration, the Journey Museum held an in-person and online forum for the public.

That Apollo mission was meant to be the third moon landing mission and the seventh crewed mission in the Apollo program.

Things took a turn, when almost 56 hours into the flight, the crew was forced to abandon the mission when an oxygen tank exploded. While in some regards, the mission was a failure, the ingenuity of NASA brought the crew home, making it ultimately a success.

Now, 50 years later, NASA is planning on returning to the moon with the Artemis mission.

“All of that is being done to do what we didn’t do in the Apollo days, and that is set up a lunar base so that the astronauts can stay longer which is what they’ll need to do when we send that very first human mission to another planet, and that planet will be Mars,” says Tom Durkin, the Deputy Director for the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium.

With this mission, NASA plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024, with the very first female astronaut to set foot on the moon.

Space X also launched the crew Dragon capsule in May, making it the first time an American spacecraft sent American astronauts to the International Space Station in nine years.

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