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The oral histories on this Website are the transcripts from audio-recorded, personal interviews with many who pioneered outer space and the Moon, and with those who continue the excitement of space exploration. To preserve the integrity of the audio record, the texts are presented with limited revisions and thus reflect the candid conversational style of the oral history format. Brackets and ellipses indicate where the text has been annotated or edited for clarity. The date of each interview is noted on the first page.

If available, the Biographical Data Sheet provided background information for the Oral Historian to prepare for the interview. A project research historian submitted the data sheet on the date listed at the end of the file.

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Glynn S. Lunney

Apollo 13 Narrative: Flight Director Glynn Lunney expected a quiet night on the console as he began his shift on the evening of April 13, 1970. But, soon after, while the Apollo XIII crew performed a routine procedure, an explosion occurred onboard their spacecraft. For the next 14 hours, Lunney says he experienced what he considers to be the best piece of operations work he ever did or could hope to do.

Read his description of how the incident “posed a continuous demand for the best decisions often without hard data and mostly on the basis of judgment, in the face of the most severe in-flight emergency faced thus far in manned space flight.” In this narrative he shares “through one decision, one choice, and one innovation at a time,” the team at Mission Control at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston worked together to bring the Apollo XIII crew safely home.

Apollo 13 Narrative HTML PDF  
Oral Histories
March 9, 1998 HTML PDF (131K)  
January 28, 1999 HTML PDF (166K)  
February 8, 1999 HTML PDF (134K)  
February 26, 1999 HTML PDF (123K)  
March 30, 1999 HTML PDF (93K)  
April 26, 1999 HTML PDF (210K)  
October 18, 1999 HTML PDF (124K)  
December 9, 1999 HTML PDF (152K)  
January 13, 2000 HTML PDF (154K)  
March 9, 2000 HTML PDF (129K)  
Biographical Data Sheet (109K PDF)

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