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Apollo: The Greatest Leap

The Greatest Leap, part 5: Saving the crew of Apollo 13
The Greatest Leap, part 4: Catching Apollo fever as a new NASA employee
Teaser: Our celebration of 50 years of Apollo resumes next week
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And then it was all over.
After the drama of Apollo 13, the final four human missions to the Moon in 1971 and 1972 flew smoothly. With each successive, increasingly routine landing, astronauts made longer forays out onto the dusty lunar terrain and delved deeper into the scientific secrets hidden there.
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