Contrary to the five-word theme of the movie "Apollo 13," failure is an option. CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - It’s been 40 years since Apollo 13 safely returned to Earth after a oxygen-tank explosion prevented the spacecraft … 50 … S70-35614 (17 April 1970) --- The crewmembers of the Apollo 13 mission, step aboard the USS Iwo Jima, prime recovery ship for the mission, following splashdown and … A fter losing oxygen and power in its unsuccessful trip to the moon, Apollo 13 still managed to do … It was a successful learning experience for NASA. On April 11, it will have been forty-three years since the Apollo 13 lunar mission became one of the greatest death-defying adventures in history. Only the third such mission after Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, 56 hours into its journey to the moon Apollo 13 suffered a catastrophic explosion when an oxygen tank ruptured. NASA Saw Apollo 13 as a Fiasco. 50 Years Later, Astronaut Jim Lovell Has Made Peace With the 'Successful Failure' NASA Saw Apollo 13 as a Fiasco. Apollo 13 insignia.