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Apollo 13 astronauts share surprises from their 'successful failure'
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the in-flight emergency onboard Apollo 13. With the call to Mission Control, "Houston, we've had a problem," the goal for the astronauts and flight controllers went from landing men on the Moon to bringing them safely back to Earth.
To mark the flight's four decades, author Andrew Chaikin shares the crew's insights into their "successful failure."
Space Station, we've had a problem: Stuck valve recalls Apollo 13
Forty years after astronauts called down from space reporting, "Houston, we've had a problem," it was Mission Control's turn Tuesday to call up to the crew with a similar but far-less life-threatening call.
|FFrench||An interesting radio interview by Kerrie Dougherty, with a lot about Australia's role (tracking stations) in Apollo 13...|
|Robert Pearlman||To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, for 13 days, Universe Today is featuring "13 Things That Saved Apollo 13," discussing different turning points of the mission with NASA engineer Jerry Woodfill.|
|astroborg||Great link, Robert. I learned a number of things I hadn't heard of previously.|
|music_space||A team of scientists at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies who were called upon to figure out what was needed to separate the two parts of the Apollo 13 spacecraft using pressurized oxygen have received the Pioneer award from the Canadian Air and Space Museum.|
See this article from the Globe and Mail.
|micropooz||Congrats to Jerry Woodfill for publicizing the unsung role of the MER. From a Shuttle MER guy (from 1988-1998) - this was one of the many times when we made the MCC guys look like heroes...|
|328KF||I found these newly released Apollo 13 recovery photos among a series of articles concerning the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13. A unique account of the recovery activities onboard the carrier.|
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|gliderpilotuk||On this day 41 years ago...|
Swigert: "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here."
|RocketmanRob||I had the opportunity to take the Level 9 tour in Houston actually stand in the Apollo MOCR on the 13th. It was a strange feeling to be standing in that room 41 years later thinking about those words on the anniversary. A strange and fantastic feeling.|
|LM-12||How long did the Apollo 13 spacecraft fly in the CM/LM configuration - in other words, what was the duration between SM separation and LM jettison?|
|canyon42||Around three hours or so, I believe. Or at least I think it was that long after they jettisoned the SM before reentry--not sure at what exact point they also released Aquarius.|
|Sy Liebergot||Pretty close. My records show SM Sep at 138:02 GET. LM Sep at 141:30 GET.|
|LM-12||So that would be about 3 hours and 28 minutes in the CM/LM configuration — a configuration the crew probably never even trained for before launch. I believe that re-entry was about an hour after LM jettison.|
Here is a high-resolution photo of the SM after separation.
Is that thermal insulation inside the SM where the CM heatshield was located?
|LM-12||Looks like the CM/SM SEP and CSM/LM SEP switches are located on this section of the Command Module Main Control Panel.|
|mikej||I've annotated the LM Jettison switch and several other Apollo 13-related switches and gauges on my Apollo Command Module Main Display (Apollo 13) page.|
|LM-12||Thanks for that link. The larger versions of the control panel are impressive. It is interesting to see where the switches and gauges mentioned are actually located.|
The nasa.gov website has a 1969 version of the Apollo Command Module Main Control Panel with striped covers over the two CM/SM SEP switches.