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Image: (foreground) From left to right, Apollo 13 Astronauts Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell; (background) damaged service module.Which U.S. human space flight went the farthest into space?
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The Apollo 13 spacecraft went farther into space than any other U.S. human space flight. It traveled 400,171 kilometers (248,655 miles) from Earth during its flyby of the Moon.

Apollo 13 was NASA's third lunar landing attempt. The mission was aborted after the Service Module's oxygen tank ruptured. Though the crew never landed on the Moon, the mission was deemed a "successful failure" because the crew returned home safely.

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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