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Recognizing 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13 Mission

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RECOGNIZING 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 13 MISSION

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Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise in support of H. Res. 1421, recognizing the 40th anniversary of the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew capsule. Apollo 13 launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970, for a planned lunar landing, but suffered serious mechanical and systems failures 2 days later while en route to the Moon.

Through inventiveness and tireless efforts, the men and women at NASA's mission control center provided untested solutions to complex challenges that, up to that time, were unthinkable and unknown. Using out-of-the-box creativity, NASA engineers and program managers salvaged what was later deemed to be a ``successful failure,'' bringing the crew successfully back to Earth on April 17.

I am proud to support this resolution. I am proud, of course, of American ingenuity and the valor of the people of NASA, and encourage my colleagues to join me in recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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