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April 13, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Serpollet, Apollo 13

On the 13th of April –

In 1902 Léon Serpollet broke the land speed record with a steam-powered vehicle. Steam at the time was the fastest mode of transport, faster than petrol-based or electric cars. He pushed the speed to 102 km/h – he could get a speeding ticket for that on most Dutch freeways!
16-6-11, inauguration du monument Serpollet : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]

In 1970 an oxygen tank in Apollo 13 bursts, leading to a few days of world-wide anxiety over the faith of the three astronauts. Two great quotes: “Houston, we have a problem” (*) and “Crew comes first”. I try to avoid the first and live by the second:
Bemanning van de Apollo-13: v.l.n.r. James Arthur Lovell, Jack Swigert, Fred Wallace Haise

Apollo Spacecraft

It also led to one of my all-time favourite films, appropriately named ‘Apollo 13‘.

(*) actually, they say ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem here

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