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America’s Saddest Home Movie


Late local news here in NYC just aired a brief excerpt of a home video from the Ramon family, taken a week or so before he left on his ill-fated mission. The family watched together — can you believe it? — the movie Apollo 13. The home video showed someone asking the children what happened to the space capsule. “The ship blew up!” says Col. Ramon’s five-year-old daughter. Nervous laughter all around. “That’s in the movies,” says Col. Ramon. “That’s not real.”


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