London evening newspaper headlines about the U.S. Apollo 13 space mission and the battle to bring the astronauts and their crippled spaceship back to Earth from a quarter million miles away, April 14, 1970.
on April 13, 1970, astronaut Jack Swigert reported to Mission Control the famous words, "Houston, we've had a problem" (changed in the 1995 "Apollo 13" movie to "Houston, we have a problem" said by commander James Lovell).
En route to the Moon, an oxygen tank exploded on one of two spacecraft, orbiter Odyssey where the astronauts lived, crippling it. The other, Aquarius, didn't have a heat shield for the trip back to Earth. The astronauts had limited power, were short of potable water and were without heat. The mission to the Moon was aborted and the astronauts had to risk splashdown not knowing if Odyssey's heath shield still worked. The crew returned to Earth safely on April 17.