First: it was a failed mission."A 'successful failure’ describes exactly what 13 was — because it was a failure in its initial mission — nothing had really been accomplished," Lovell, the commander of Apollo 13, now 82, told Reuters Television in an exclusive interview.
Second: it was a successful recovery under difficult conditions.
To call it a 'successful failure' is an asinine way of implying that was SUPPOSED to be a failure.
Lovell apparently lost-out on some oxygen up there...