James Lovell, the commander of the Apollo 13 mission which failed to land on the moon because of an explosion, shared his recollections with RT and explained why faith matters on a space mission.

The mission, which was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 11, 1970, was however aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the service module upon which the Command Module depended. It happened at a distance of 321,860 kilometers (199,990 miles) from Earth and more than halfway to the moon. The explosion caused limited power, a loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water and the need to jerry-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew landed safely on Earth on April 17.