Saturn V rockets were launched 13 times from 1967-73 during NASA's Skylab and Apollo Programmes. During that time the rockets performed extremely well, with not a single loss of a crewman or payload occuring. The Saturn V , Consisting of three stages that used liquid oxygen (LOX) as an oxidizer, was the largest version of the Saturn family. So it was that a Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo 13 mission into space at 13:13 on 11 April 1970, with this expected to be the third Moon landing.
In a take off incident, the center engine of the second-stage boost shut down two minutes early through the four outboard engines compensated by burning for longer. Neverthless, the Saturn V rocket performed as designed and the craft soared into space. However, misfortune struck two days later at a distance of 320,000km from Earth. An oxygen tank explosion in the Service Module crippled the spacecraft and severed electrical supplies. In an amazing tale of heroism and ingenuity, the tree-man crew used the Lunar Module as "Lifeboat " and they successfully returned to Earth on 17 April.