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50 years ago the Apollo 13 crew came home

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Still Waters

Fifty years ago, this month, the whole world watched as the exhausted, underfed and dehydrated Apollo 13 astronauts fought for their lives after an on-board explosion rendered their mission to the Moon unattainable. The heartbeats of earthbound humans quickened listening to broadcasts of the three men as they spoke to Mission Control in their unwavering, matter-of-fact fighter pilot voices. Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise knew that their chances of returning safely to Earth were poor. For days, they lived in refrigerator-like temperatures with only six ounces of water available for each man per day, and yet, these daring men in their crippled space capsule never gave up.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-apollo-13-crew-came-home-180974607/

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Apollo 13′s best known quotes originated not in space or Mission Control, but in Hollywood.

Their moon-bound spacecraft wrecked by an oxygen tank explosion on April 13, 1970, the astronauts urgently radioed, "Houston, we've had a problem here."

Screenwriters for the 1995 film "Apollo 13″ wanted to punch that up. Thus was born "Houston, we have a problem."

Even more artistic license was taken with NASA flight director Gene Kranz' mobilizing speech to his team in Houston.

Kranz never declared, "Failure is not an option."

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-apollo-famous-quotes-hollywood.html

 

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third_eye

....better than "the moon is like a box of chocolates "

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Peter B

If you want to follow the mission (in fact most of the Apollo missions) you can read the annotated transcripts here: https://history.nasa.gov/afj/ap13fj/index.html

The page covering the accident is particularly interesting if you're a space nerd like me, with the conversations between the astronauts and Mission Control interspersed with the conversations within Mission Control as the controllers try to work out what was happening, plus lots of diagrams to help explain spacecraft systems.

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Eldorado

"Image enhancement techniques have been used to reveal life aboard Nasa's stricken Apollo 13 spacecraft in unprecedented detail.

"Fifty years ago, the craft suffered an explosion that jeopardised the lives of the three astronauts aboard.

"Unsurprisingly, given they were locked in a fight for survival, relatively few onboard images were taken.

"But imaging specialist Andy Saunders created sharp stills from low-quality 16mm film shot by the crew."

Photo article at the BBC: Link

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