Terrifying hour of vintage audio + video recounts Apollo 13 disaster in real time

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Jan 6, 2014, 11:51 AM EST (Updated)

We all know the story — but there’s something uniquely terrifying about the real-time audio and video between NASA officials and the stranded Apollo 13 crew stuck in space.

YouTube user lunarmodule5 has put together a stunning video that combines communications audio, video (of the mission, NASA operations and vintage news footage) and a 3D representation of the command module into a real-time “as it happened” clip of the Apollo 13 disaster that is stunning to behold.

What stands out most about the 1970 audio, which played out between ground officials and the crew 173,000 miles from earth, is the tension positively dripping from the conversation. But nobody completely freaks out when things go (almost) FUBAR, and it’s that composure that would eventually save the lives of astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. "Jack" Swigert and Fred W. Haise.

Settle in and check out the hourlong drama below, and we guarantee you’ll have a newfound respect for the sheer badass-dom of these early space explorers:


(Via Gizmodo)