Fifty years ago today, on May 1, 1970, Mayor Richard J. Daley and the city of Chicago welcomed the crew of Apollo 13.

Mayor Richard J. Daley accepts a gift from members of the Apollo 13 team during a dining event in their honor, May 1, 1970

Mayor Richard J. Daley accepts a gift from members of the Apollo 13 team during a dining event in their honor, May 1, 1970. Photo: Mart Studios. Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, RJD_04_01_0052_0017_014.

Apollo 13’s mission had been to land on the moon, but on its way, the an oxygen tank on the craft ruptured, endangering the crew. The crew and mission control worked hard finally returned safely to earth on April 17, 1970. Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago¬† honored the Apollo 13 crew with a parade, a ceremony outside City Hall, and a Medal of Merit.

Source consulted

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. “NASA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13, ‘a successful failure.'” April 6, 2020, updated April 9, 2020. <https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-commemorates-50th-anniversary-of-apollo-13-a-successful-failure>. Accessed April 23, 2020.

Wolfe, Sheila. “Apollo 13 Astronauts Cheered by 500,000 in Triumphal City Visit.” Chicago Tribune, May 2, 1970.