50 years of space crash: how to save the crew of the ship

the incident occurred at a distance of 320 thousand kilometers from Earth. Hearing the loud thud of the captain James Lovell thought again, it was lunar module pilot Fred Haise, which is often when you open the valve equalizing the air pressure between the command and lunar modules produced a loud popping noise.

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But this time the situation was more dramatic. Not observing obvious damage to the command module, the crew suggested that the lunar module was hit by a meteorite and tried to batten down the transition tunnel. However, this was not possible. Later, during the debriefing, it turned out that during power system mixing hydrogen and oxygen tanks are short-circuited. Teflon insulation caught fire, which led to increased pressure and disruption of the upper cover of the tank.

the Location of the leak could not be isolated, the pressure continued to fall. In addition, the accident led to the malfunction of the energy supply system of the ship: fuel cells No. 1 and No. 3 completely stopped the production of electricity.

Step on-board the Apollo 13! Restored image consisting of 1,000 separate samples from x36, 16mm film frames. br>
Commander Lovell (hand, left) keeps watch over his ship and resting crew: Haise, and Swigert (curled up in the storage area). The CO2 filter is in situ (left).#Apollo13 pic.twitter.com/fqLYq5udzJ

— Andy Saunders (@AndySaunders_1) April 10, 2020

it was a matter of minutes. It was not about the moon landing and the rescue of the crew. As a “lifeboat” the astronauts decided to use the lunar module “Odyssey”. However there was a problem – it was designed for two people, but choose not prihodiloss and three astronauts squeezed into it. The command module “Apollo-13”, designed to return astronauts to Earth, I had to disable to save resources.

another problem was the decision about how to return the “Apollo 13” on the Ground. The resource was limited and then the astronauts decided to use the attraction of the moon. This Odyssey took off on a flight around the moon. The astronauts had to endure damp and cold, and on April 15, an explosion occurred in the battery compartment of the lunar module. Fortunately, the serious consequences incident did not lead. On 17 April, the crew moved into the rescue module and adjusting a trajectory headed towards the Ground.

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For the period of the landing of the Soviet Union, Britain and France declared full radio silence at the operating frequencies of crew “Apollo-13”. Splashdown in the Pacific ocean is successful. The astronauts and ground services Houston for courage was awarded the highest civil award of the USA – the “Medal of freedom”.

half a century Later a specialist in the field of digital processing of imagery Andy Saunders has processed 16-mm film, on which the astronauts filmed their adventures in the alarm module.

“What is striking in these pictures is how calm the crew, considering the danger of the situation, conditions and the difficult task facing them – said the author of the project of the air force.

On the way to the Moon, a ruptured oxygen tank derailed the mission. br>
50 years later, watch “Apollo 13: ‘Houston, We’ve Had a Problem'” to see how a tale of tragedy turned into triumph. (Add’l footage &amp audio @steveslater1987 & @BenFeist; enhanced images @AndySaunders_1): pic.twitter.com/FQUl7YSIGw

— NASA (@NASA) April 13, 2020