Texas - George Clooney has joined astronauts Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford and Eugene "Gene" Cernan at a gala to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.
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The Apollo 13 mission was the third intended to land on the moon, but after it launched April 11, 1970, an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the spacecraft. The crew was forced to orbit the moon instead of landing and returned safely on April 17. Lovell commanded the mission.
Clooney is a brand ambassador for Omega, which sponsored Tuesday night's event and outfitted the astronauts on the mission with watches.
The Texas event culminated with dinner in a room designed to mimic the surface of the moon.