Apollo 13 Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For fans of space exploration, especially NASA, the Apollo missions were some of the greatest to ever be executed. Why? Because unlike numerous others that had come before them, they actually had human beings along for the ride. One of the most famous was easily Apollo 13, not only for the purpose of its mission, but also the drama that ensued — of course, it didn’t hurt that Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon headlined a Ron Howard film about it as well. In the end, some of the most prominent astronauts and vehicles of modern space exploration were involved, making it the perfect dog-naming fodder for fans of all types.

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Apollo 13 Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Coming up with the right Apollo 13 inspired dog name isn’t rocket science, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a challenge. You can make your job easier by starting to isolate the most appropriate possibilities. For instance, if your favorite part of the mission were the people in involved, that narrows down a good chunk of the list. If you’re more enamored with the bigger picture, such as recurring vehicles, mission series names or the celestial bodies, you should have some additional options that include, yet go beyond Apollo 13 itself. 

Of course, you can always draw comparisons to key aspects of your dog as well. If they’re big and pale, names like Luna or Moon would certainly be appropriate. If they tend to float around like space cadets or satellites, then maybe Auro or Juno would be apt options. If they’re super fast and powerful, then Saturn after the Saturn V rocket, would be a perfect fit. 

There are plenty of directions you can go, it all just depends on your interests and creativity. While our list is pretty comprehensive, it’s not the end-all, be-all of Apollo 13 inspired names, so if all else fails, come up with a list of your own!

Male Apollo 13 Inspired Dog Names

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Apollo
The name of NASA's series of missions
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Jack
After Jack Swigert, the mission's command module pilot
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Swigert
After Jack Swigert, who was promoted from a backup role
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Pilot
A necessary set of jobs/positions for the missions
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Mattingly
After Ken Mattingly, the original CM pilot that was grounded due to the measles
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Measles
The illness that kept Mattingly from joining the active mission
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Iwo
After the USS Iwo Jima, who recovered the astronauts
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Gordon
After Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr., a NASA vet who was supposed to command Apollo 13
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Cooper
After Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr., a highly-accomplished astronaut who was supposed to be active in Apollo 13
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Commander
A high-ranking position
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Edgar
After Edgar Mitchell, who was supposed to be the LM pilot
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Mitchell
After seasoned astronaut Edgar Mitchell
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Deke
After NASA's Director of Flight Crew Operations, Deke Slayton
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Slayton
After Deke Slayton, who submitted the roster for the Apollo 13 assignment
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Shepard
After Alan Shepard, the original commander submitted by Slayton
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Duke
After Charles Duke, the backup LM pilot
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Brand
After Vance Brand, one of Apollo 13's support crew
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Kerwin
After Jospeh Kerwin, former astronaut and mission support team
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Kranz
After Gene Kranz, the lead flight director
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Milt
After Milt Windler, a now-retired flight director
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Griffin
After Gerry Griffin, the gold team flight director
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Steed
After the "Steeds of Apollo", the image printed on the Robbins medallion
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Orbit
Revolving around a body in space
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Grumman
The company that manufactured the lunar module
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Bernard
After Bernard Etkin, one of the University of Toronto scientists tasked with troubleshooting Apollo 13 issues
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Etkin
After Bernard Etkin, an accomplished scientist called upon to help save the Apollo 13 crew
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Allnut
After Robert Allnut, an Apollo 13 review board member and admin assistant
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Armstrong
After Neil Armstrong, one of the world's most famous astronauts and A13 board member
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Hedrick
After Walter Hedrick Jr., NASA's Director of Space at the time of the mission
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Klein
After Milton Klein, a review board member and manager

Female Apollo 13 Inspired Dog Names

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Kennedy
After Kennedy Space Center, the launch point
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Luna
As in lunar, as Apollo 13 was a lunar-based mission
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Moon
The subject of the mission
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Lovell
After James Lovell, Apollo 13's mission commander
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Haise
After Fred Haise, the lunar module pilot
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Nasa
After NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration who launched the Apollo missions
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Odyssey
The name of the command module
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Aquarius
The name of the lunar module
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Saturn
After Saturn V, the launch rocket
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Jima
After the USS Iwo Jima, a naval vessel tasked with recovering the ocean-landed space vehicle
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Mercury
One of the previous mission names for manned spacecraft
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Gemini
Another previous series of NASA missions
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Eisele
After Donn Eisele, who was supposed to be a prime crew member
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Roosa
After Stuart Roosa, who was submitted as the original CM pilot
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Young
After John Young, Apollo 13's backup commander
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Robbins
After the Robbins medallion, a tribute to Apollo 13
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Lousma
After aeronautical engineer Jack Lousma, part of the mission's support team
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Glynn
After Glynn Lunney, a support team flight director
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Lunney
After Glynn Lunney, the flight director for the black team
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Windler
After Milt Windler, one of the four flight directors who helped the crew survive disaster
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Lumen
After Lumen Martin Winter, the designer of the Robbins medallion
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Winter
After Lumen Martin Winter, the famous artist who created the image on the Robbins medallion
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Fra
After the Fra Mauro formation, an important formation on the moon
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Mauro
After the Fra Mauro formation, a large area on the moon encompassing a crater with the same name
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Mare
After Mare Imbrium, a large lava plain on the moon
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Imbrium
After Mare Imbrium, one of the largest craters in the solar system
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Houston
The location of one of NASA's main control centers
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Paine
After Thomas Paine, NASA's administrator
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Langley
After Langley Research Center, one of NASA's hubs
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Malley
After George Malley, Chief Counsel at Langley

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