Jack Blacks mum incredibly saved Apollo 13 crew from explosion just before giving birth

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Judith Love Cohen became known on video-sharing app TikTok this week after user Maren Hunsberger uploaded a video telling her incredible story. Social media users have been left stunned by the revelation that the woman who helped save the astronauts on Apollo 13 established the system that would do so on the same day she gave birth to Hollywood star Jack Black.

Maren said: “So the phrase, ‘Houston, we have a problem’, was originally ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’, and was said aboard Apollo 13 after the spaceship, on its way to the moon, did experience a minor explosion on board.

“As you may be able to imagine, they had to abort the mission and come back home.

“Now a few months before that emergency happened, engineer Judith Love Cohen was working on the abort guidance system. 

“This was the backup, of the backup, of the backup meant to get the astronauts home if an emergency did occur.

“Judith actually went into labour with her fourth baby while she was finishing up work on the abort guidance system. 

“So she took a computer printout of the problem she was working on to the hospital, finished it up, called her boss and said, ‘Hey, the abort guidance system is done’ and had a baby.”

When that explosion happened aboard Apollo 13, the astronauts had to use Judith’s abort guidance system to get back to Earth safely.

However, what’s even more incredible was that the baby Judith welcomed that day would go on to be famous in his own right.

Microbiologist Maren added: “The baby that Judith had the day she finished working on the AGS … was Jack Black.”

The TikTok video has gone viral on Twitter, with Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeting: “No. Freaking. Way! great facts. History lesson. Stay ‘til the end!”

Another person wrote: “I was not prepared for the ending of this.”

While another tweeted: “I didn’t think I could possibly love Jack Black even more???”

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The fantastic plot twist previously stunned Reddit users, who couldn’t believe they hadn’t heard about the connection before.

Judith died in 2016 at the age of 82, and her son Neil Siegel – Jack’s older half-brother – wrote about the amazing feat in her obituary.

Neil, who followed his mother into engineering, wrote: “She actually went to her office on the day that Jack was born. 

“When it was time to go to the hospital, she took with her a computer printout of the problem she was working on. 

“Later that day, she called her boss and told him that she had solved the problem. And… oh, yes, the baby was born, too.”

He added that Judith considered her work on the Apollo program to be “the highlight of her career”.

Judith had three children, Neil, Howard and Rachel, with her first husband; Howard, who died aged 31 from complications from Aids.

Jack, now 51, was born in August 1969, seven months before the Apollo 13 mission, to Judith and her second husband Tom Black.

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