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spacewatching:

Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six glided onto Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center after spending nine days in space on the STS-72 mission, the first shuttle flight of 1996.  During the mission, the crew retrieved the Japanese Space Flyer Unit (SFU), the deployed and participated in two spacewalks. STS-126, Endeavour’s next mission, is slated to launch on Nov. 14, 2008.

spacewatching:

Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six glided onto Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center after spending nine days in space on the STS-72 mission, the first shuttle flight of 1996.

During the mission, the crew retrieved the Japanese Space Flyer Unit (SFU), the deployed and participated in two spacewalks.

STS-126, Endeavour’s next mission, is slated to launch on Nov. 14, 2008.

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12-gauge-rage:

On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 returned to Earth after suffering a severe malfunction in space.

The mission had launched six days earlier in the hopes of sending three astronauts to the moon. Two days into the mission, an oxygen tank blew up in the spacecraft, endangering the lives of James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert and Fred W. Haise.

The plan to land on the moon was aborted, and the new focus became getting the three men back to Earth safely.

On this date, 44 years ago, Apollo 13 safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.