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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.

Apollo’s Inherent Selflessness

      Let me tell you a thing about Apollo that is deeply canon, often ignored, but has been made extremely apparent by Steve Orlando in his writing of Midnighter and Apollo. 

      Apollo does not know how to be Selfish. He just. doesn’t. 

      This personality trait was often hinted at in the older Wildstorm series involving Apollo, in complex and beautifully multi-faceted ways. But much of the character’s depth was lost when DC rebooted Stormwatch in the New52. Orlando’s Midnighter, Vol 2 run also plays with the character’s attributes, showing how Apollo came to Midnighter’s rescue even after the man had walked out on him and severed all connection for months, then promptly forgave him for his stupidity (despite having no reason to do so). But, to be fair, the Sun King was something of a footnote in the Midnighter story, and his behavior seemed to be directly related to driving Mid’s plot forward. Now, Steve Orlando is righting that wrong, and Apollo’s self-sacrificing nature has never been more obvious than during the scenes in Midnighter and Apollo #2, where he is being psychologically tortured in Hell. 

      Consider this moment. Here, Apollo is under the belief that he has been yoked alongside numerous other souls to carry a Lord of Hell to some unobtainable destination. He is wounded, has probably reached the limits of his solar generated power, and may only have one opportunity to escape his imprisonment. And yet, when he makes his move, instead of immediately taking flight and leaving the others behind in order to maximize his odds of escape / survival, Apollo tells them to grab onto him.

      He is bent on saving as many other people as he can, despite how it might hinder him. Even in the worst place ever imagined, he still cares so much about the people around him, people who can’t even be considered innocents in this scenario (considering their placement in Hell). 

Look at this. Look How Much He Cares When he Cannot Save These People! The Horror, for him, isn’t being in hell or being Tortured. It’s being unable to save these souls.

The man is selfless, ok? And I invite anyone who disagrees with me to 

                                                                         MEET ME IN THE PIT.

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Love is Love : Honoring the Orlando Pulse Victims

Written by: Tom Taylor
Illustrated by: Emily Smith
Colored By: Michael Garland
Lettered by: Deron Bennett

I kind of love how, given the option, artists seem to prefer to draw Apollo and Midnighter in their original Wildstorm design (seen both here and in the other appearance from Love is Love ). I just wish they’d all pass the memo along to Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco. I miss Apollo’s long hair. Sigh.