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Apollo 13

Apollo 13 PatchIn April NASA launched the Apollo mission to the moon when after two days, on the way to the moon, the spacecraft had an explosion and the mission had to be aborted.  The problem was they were halfway to the moon and couldn’t just turn around and return to earth, so they continued to the moon, looped around it, and returned to earth.  It was a harrowing experience, the explosion caused the loss of most of their oxygen and electrical power and it was questionable that they would be able to make it back to earth.  After studying the problem, Houston Mission Control came up with a Rube Goldberg solution using plastic, covers ripped from procedures manuals, duct tape, and other items to adapt cartridges to purify the air. The next five days of the crew experienced great hardship, caused by limited power, a cold, wet cabin, and a shortage of water. When they reached earth, Houston did not hear from the spacecraft after the normal radio blackout period of four minutes during re-entry of the atmosphere. Four minutes became four and half, five, five and a half, I was glued to the TV, and thought the astronauts had perished, when at six minutes, communication was reestablished, and they safely landed in the Indian Ocean.

Updated: 11-10-2022

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