“Houston, we’ve had a problem…”

40 years ago yesterday, the Apollo 13 began with a launch. This was supposed to be a moon mission, but that did not happen.

In fact, this nearly became a tragedy in the same line as Apollo 1. Except this time, the astronauts–and the ground crew–teamed up for a real-life episode of MacGyver, times ten.

MSNBC reports here.

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