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Apollo 13 returns to Earth

Apollo 13 returns to Earth

With the earth anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a extreme malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth.

On April 11, the 3rd manned lunar landing mission premiered from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon. However, two days in to the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission handle on Earth, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” also it was discovered that the standard way to obtain oxygen, electricity, light, and water have been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to create emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a extended, cold journey back again to Earth.

The astronauts and mission control have already been confronted with massive logistical troubles in stabilizing the spacecraft and its own air provide, as effectively as providing adequate capacity to the damaged fuel cells make it possible for effective reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Navigation was yet another problem, and Apollo 13‘s course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, tragedy considered triumph because the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

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Source: History