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By Henry M Holden

Soaring via house at 25,000 consistent with hour, APOLLO thirteen used to be heading in the right direction for the Moon. without warning, the 3 astronauts aboard the spacecraft heard a noisy bang. a powerful vibration rumbled throughout the group cabin. There were an explosion within the oxygen tank! greater than 200,000 miles from Earth, APOLLO thirteen was once in grave risk. The astronauts had deliberate to land at the Moon. yet now that they had a brand new challenge: survival. writer Henry M. Holden offers the gripping info of the way 3 astronauts, with the aid of NASA scientists on the earth, grew to become a narrative of catastrophe into considered one of triumph.

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Although the astronauts had never dealt with this disastrous situation before, their rigorous training had prepared them to be ready for anything in space. Image Credit: AP Images On April 17, shortly before reentering Earth’s atmosphere, the crew released the service module. In order to help NASA engineers figure out what had caused the explosion, the astronauts took photographs of the service module as it floated away. No one in Houston knew if the heat shield and the command module would hold up under the force of reentry.

308. 2 Edgar M. html (October 13, 2003). 3 Ibid. 4 Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger, Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994), p. 94. , p. 95. 6 Roger D. html (October 13, 2003). 7 Kranz, p. 311. , p. 314. 9 Lovell, p. 117. , p. 113. Chapter 2. Liftoff 1 Gene Kranz, Failure Is Not an Option (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000), p. 308. 2 Edgar M. html (October 13, 2003). html (October 13, 2003). , Apollo 13: The NASA Mission Reports (Ontario, Canada: Apogee Books, 2000), pp.

But the people building the service module oxygen tanks were never told of the change. Each of the tanks contained a stirring fan and a heating element. There was a temperature-sensitive switch designed to shut everything off if the element got too hot. None of these components had been redesigned for the higher voltage. Two years before the Apollo 13 flight, one of the oxygen tanks had been damaged. The tank was repaired and tested. It functioned properly. In the weeks before the launch, ground crews had difficulty draining the tank.

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