The three Apollo 13 astronauts splashed down gently today in the Pacific, ending a four-day flight for survival. They road the command module Odyssey to a pinpoint landing at 1:07 P.M. Eastern standard time, within five miles of the recovery carrier, U.S.S. Iwo Jima, 800 yards from their aiming point and 610 miles southeast of the American Samoas.
Weary but unharmed after their abortive and perilous moon-landing mission, Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr., Fred We. Haise, Jr., and John L. Swigert, Jr. dropped into a gentle sea for a routine recovery. When the Odyssey descended on a partly cloudy day, its orange and white parachutes billowing in the sun, there were cheers from the sailors on the flight deck of the Iwo Jima.