Saturday was the big day the Cosmosphere has been preparing for - the 40th Anniversary of the day Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert returned to Earth from their Apollo 13 mission. The Cosmosphere hosted a reunion of 15 people involved with Apollo 13, and other astronauts who wanted to honor them.
The two surviving astronauts, Lovell (left) and Haise, peered inside Odyssesy, the Apollo 13 Command Module housed at the Cosmosphere. It was the first time Haise had seen it since he got out of it in 1970.
Earlier in the day, eight mission controllers from Apollo 13, along with pad leader Guenter Wendt and author Andrew Chaikin, participated in a panel discussion. It was amazing to hear history from those who lived it.
Left to right: Joe Kerwin, Gene Kranz, Gerry Griffin, Sy Liebergot, Andrew Chaikin, Milt Windler, Jack Lousma, Ed Fendell, Jerry Bostick and Guenter Wendt.
Saturday kicked off with a rocket launch, where the Bednarczyk family from the Kansas City area got to meet Flight Director Milt Windler. That's Dan and Collette, their son, Cole, and daughter, Piper.
Thanks to everyone who came to honor these heroes.