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Thank you, Gail. I really appreciate the comments about my father. Good afternoon, ladies and gentle men. I'd like to start with a bang - specifically, the onboard explosion that rocks the Apollo 13 spacecraft as it is hurtling toward the moon on April 14, 1970. Imagine you are at Mission Control when Jim Lovell radios in to say: "Houston, we have a problem."

The explosion results in a sudden loss of oxygen, power and water. To conserve remaining supplies, Lovell and his fellow astronauts shut down the main ship and move into the lunar module. It is chilly and cramped. And they are 200,000 miles from home.

Now, a new danger arises: poison gas, a byproduct -ironically - of the act of breathing. On a screen at your console at Mission Control, you can see the rapidly rising level of carbon dioxide inside their tiny cabin. You know they are in imminent danger of choking to death.

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