Today in 1942: From the carrier USS Hornet, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25s in the first raid on Japan. The range of the mission caused the raiders to crash land in China. The attack caused little damage; however, the mission raised U.S. morale and reversed a trend of Japanese victories. Doolittle later received the Medal of Honor for leading the mission.

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NASA Apollo 13 EECOM Control Station

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45 Years Ago Today: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Two days into their journey to the Moon, the astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were asked to perform a routine stir of the oxygen tanks. Moments later, an explosion rocked the spacecraft. It was not until April 17, when this image was taken, that the astronauts could see the full extent of the damage to the service module. Visit the museum this week and see the actual EECOM Control Staion used during the Apollo 13 emergency.

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Bell X-14A VSTOL

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