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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."
|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.
|Robert Pearlman|| |
quote: Five years later and Universe Today is back with NASA engineer Jerry Woodfill to present 13 MORE Things That Saved Apollo 13.
Originally posted by 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"...
Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at 13 additional things that helped bring the crew home safely.
|Robert Pearlman||NPR's All Things Considered marked the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13 with a segment on today's (April 10) show featuring commentary from Jim Lovell, Sy Liebergot and Francis French, among others. |
Space travel is never routine or easy and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved that point. An explosion aboard the spacecraft 55 hours after liftoff forever changed NASA. The surviving astronauts and flight team recently met to remember and talk about NASA's most famous "successful failure."
|mach3valkyrie||Today is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 launch. The days coincide exactly with the dates. |
I listened to the coverage on a hand size transistor radio as it was a Saturday and that meant field work. My birthday was April 1, so I was 13 for Apollo 13.
|Headshot||Gene Kranz describes an Apollo 13 debriefing party on page 338 of his book "Failure Is Not An Option." He mentions a taped parody of the mission, prepared by the backup crew and CapComs, as "not for the thin-skinned." Has anyone heard this parody? Is it available on the internet?|
|Blackarrow||Could it be on the CD-ROM which accompanies Sy Liebergott's book? I must check...|
|onesmallstep||Nice article and photos I had not seen before. |
That cake looks tasty — and a nice piece of Aquarius on display at the old MCC.
|Ronpur||Forget the cake, I want the giant Major Matt Mason cutout on the wall!|