Jack Swigert

(April 1970) — These three astronauts are the prime crew of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo 13 lunar landing mission. Left to right, are James A. Lovell Jr., commander; John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot; and Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot. Apollo 13 will be the United States’ third lunar landing mission.

“Jack Swigert, the ruggedly handsome bachelor astronaut who flew to the moon aboard Apollo 13, took considerable ribbing about his being a Romeo. Friends said his favorite ploy was to invite young ladies up to his apartment to see, not his etchings, but what he claimed were his moon rocks.”

- Bob Ward, The Light Stuff

I think that every space book is required by law to have a “Jack Swigert Loves the Ladies” passage.


Houston, We Have a Problem - Apollo 13 (4/11) Movie CLIP (1995) HD (di movieclips)



“ops houston seems like we have a problem here”


This movie guys.

just watch it


Apollo 13 Photos Help Us Remember Astronauts’ Heroism Decades After Near-Tragedy

Apollo 13 was supposed to be NASA’s third lunar landing mission but an oxygen leak necessitated an emergency return home. 

Members of the original Apollo 13 crew, from left, commander Jim Lovell, command module pilot Ken Mattingly, and lunar module pilot Fred Haise pose in December 1969. Days before the mission, the crew was inadvertently exposed to German measles. Mattingly had no immunity to the virus and was replaced by backup command module pilot, Jack Swigert.

Some 56 hours into the Apollo 13 mission, oxygen tank No. 2 exploded, causing oxygen tank No. 1 to also fail. The command module’s normal supply of electricity, light, and water was lost as they flew more than 200,000 miles from Earth.

Swigert saw a warning light that accompanied the bang and radioed mission control: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”

A parade was held in the astronauts’ honor after their safe return.

See the full set here.


A few days ago I promised I would post some “real-life astronaut crackfic.” More to follow on this item that I found, which is a very special film. But for now:

Here are screencaps of astronauts Jack Swigert and Tom Stafford. Together, both men comprise 8% of all humans in history who have traveled to the Moon. Both men are dressed in togas, and are cuddling on a couch. Stafford is wearing a woman’s wig. Swigert is sensuously feeding Stafford grapes, and is stroking Stafford’s knee.

Did I make good on my promise?

The Most Inspiring Group Survival Stories EVER

Uruguayan rugby team

On October 13, 1972, the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 flew over the Andes, carrying a raucous crew of rugby players, their friends, family and associates - all excited about their upcoming match in Chile. But tragic circumstances would stop them from attending that game, after a violent collision with an uncharted mountain peak transformed the team from sports stars to survivalists.

The accident - which split the plane, killing several onboard instantly - wasn’t the only hardship the crew faced. A subsequent avalanche made living conditions almost impossible, and rations were so low that group members were forced to eat the flesh of their dead fellow passengers in order to survive. Somehow, 16 members of the 45 strong crew managed to live long enough to be rescued two months after the crash.

Their story has served as an inspiration to anyone trying to get through difficult circumstances.

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(16 April 1970) — This photograph of Earth was taken from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo 13 spacecraft during its trans-Earth journey home. The most visible land mass includes southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The peninsula of Baja California is clearly seen. Most of the land area is under heavy cloud cover. The Apollo 13 crew consisted of astronauts James A. Lovell Jr., commander; John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot; and Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot.