Apollo 13: Misconceptions and myths endure

April 17, 2020 marks 50 many years that NASA’s unwell-fated Apollo thirteen ended with the recovery of all crew associates. “Houston, we have a problem…” is just a single detail about the mission that is inaccurate.

When NASA’s third planned lunar landing mission, Apollo thirteen, lifted off on April 11, 1970, there was no cause to suppose it would go down in historical past as the best “successful failure” in place exploration historical past.

56 hrs into Apollo 13’s flight, the activation of its oxygen tank stirrers caused a small circuit resulting in a catastrophic explosion that destroyed the number two oxygen tank and speedily drained the 1st, leaving the three males on board without a source of fresh new air.

Gas cells on board also failed, leaving James Lovell, John Swigert, and Fred Haise adrift, heading toward the moon, and with small prospect of survival.

Survive they did, touching

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