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This is almost the most idiotic thing on the whole forum, but anyway...
... I'll bite.|
During the Apollo period NASA practised what was known as "all-up" testing. This means that all of the changes, etc. that they made between every mission to upgrade the flight hardware were simply flown, live, on the next mission.
This sounds like lunacy (pun intended) until you realise that there were so many backups and failsafes that they could almost guarantee the safe return of the astronauts after the failure of any one of the major components.
Apollo 13 was no different. There was a bunch of new hardware on the flight. And, somewhere in the darkness up there, something punctured a tank, and it all looked like it would be horrible for a while.
But the story of Apollo 13 is not that it was number 13, or that there was a fault. The story of Apollo 13 is that the astronauts made it home. Safely. All of them.
In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, Schweikert went on to pilot the first Shuttle mission.
So, so much for the "curse of 13". There were faults on many of the Apollo missions, including on 11, where Neal Armstong had to reach out at the very last minute and override the landing computer and land the thing manually. The computer was going to put them down on top of a boulder.
And yet no one talks about the "curse of 11"...
You know, tall buildings in the US, every single one of them, DO have a 13th floor. It's just that someone has numbered it "14".