Apollo 13 news headlines, London. Footage of public street scenes in Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus in Central London, UK, at the time of the Apollo 13 mission. The electronic display boards and newspapers here were part of the worldwide news coverage of the dramatic events during this mission. On 13 April 1970, two days into this lunar mission, an oxygen tank exploded and damaged the spacecraft. The crew of three survived in one of the modules for four days as the spacecraft passed behind the Moon and back towards Earth. The rescue plan devised by mission control worked, and the crew splashed down in the early morning local time in the Pacific Ocean on 17 April 1970 at 18:07 UTC (19:07 BST in London). This footage was filmed on 17 April 1970.