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Apollo 13
Apollo 13
was the seventh manned mission in the Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 14:13 EST (19:13 UTC) from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) had depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to make makeshift repairs to the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth
Earth
on April 17, 1970, six days after launch. The flight passed the far side of the Moon
Moon
at an altitude of 254 kilometers (137 nautical miles) above the lunar surface, and 400,171 km (248,655 mi) from Earth, a spaceflight record marking the farthest humans have ever traveled from Earth. The mission was commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. "Jack" Swigert as Command Module Pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module Pilot. Swigert was a late replacement for the original CM pilot Ken Mattingly, who was grounded by the flight surgeon after exposure to German measles. The story of the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
mission has been dramatized multiple times, most notably in the 1995 film Apollo 13.

Contents

1 Crew

1.1 Prime and backup crew 1.2 Support crew 1.3 Flight directors 1.4 Mission insignia

2 Mission parameters

2.1 Objective 2.2 Abort 2.3 Closest approach to Moon 2.4 Splashdown

3 Mission highlights

3.1 Launch and translunar injection 3.2 Accident 3.3 Crew survival and return journey 3.4 Re-entry and splashdown

4 Analysis and response

4.1 Review board 4.2 Activities and report 4.3 Corrective actions

5 Mission notes

5.1 Plaque and insignia 5.2 Successful experiments 5.3 "Towing fees"

6 Spacecraft location 7 Popular culture and media 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Crew

Position Astronaut

Commander Jim Lovell Fourth and last spaceflight

Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert Only spaceflight

Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise Only spaceflight

Prime and backup crew According to the standard crew rotation in place during the Apollo program, the prime crew for Apollo 13
Apollo 13
would have been the backup crew for Apollo 10
Apollo 10
with Mercury and Gemini veteran L. Gordon Cooper
L. Gordon Cooper
in command. That crew was composed of

L. Gordon Cooper, Jr (Commander); Donn F. Eisele
Donn F. Eisele
(Command Module Pilot); Edgar D. Mitchell (Lunar Module Pilot).

Deke Slayton, NASA's Director of Flight Crew Operations, never intended to rotate Cooper and Eisele to another mission, as both were out of favor with NASA
NASA
management for various reasons (Cooper for his lax attitude towards training, and Eisele for incidents aboard Apollo 7 and an extra-marital affair). He assigned them to the backup crew simply because of a lack of flight-qualified manpower in the Astronaut Office at the time the assignment needed to be made.[2] Slayton felt Cooper had no more than a very small chance of receiving the Apollo 13 command, if he did an outstanding job with the assignment, which he did not. Despite Eisele's issues with management, Slayton always intended to assign him to a future Apollo Applications Program
Apollo Applications Program
mission rather than a lunar mission, but this program was eventually cut down to only the Skylab
Skylab
component. Thus, the original assignment Slayton submitted to his superiors for this flight was:

Alan B. Shepard, Jr (Commander); Stuart A. Roosa (Command Module Pilot); Edgar D. Mitchell (Lunar Module Pilot).

For the first time ever, Slayton's recommendation was rejected by management, who felt that Shepard needed more time to train properly for a lunar flight, as he had only recently benefited from experimental surgery to correct an inner ear disorder which had kept him grounded since his first Mercury flight in 1961. Thus, Lovell's crew, backup for the historic Apollo 11
Apollo 11
mission and therefore slated for Apollo 14, was swapped with Shepard's crew[2] and the original crew selection for the mission became:

Original crew photo. Left to right: Lovell, Mattingly, Haise

Prime crew:

Position Astronaut

Commander James A. Lovell, Jr.

Command Module Pilot T. Kenneth Mattingly II

Lunar Module Pilot Fred W. Haise, Jr.

Backup crew:

Position Astronaut

Commander John W. Young[3]

Command Module Pilot John L. "Jack" Swigert[3]

Lunar Module Pilot Charles M. Duke, Jr[3]

Ken Mattingly
Ken Mattingly
was originally intended as the Command Module Pilot. Seven days before launch, the Backup Lunar Module Pilot, Charlie Duke, contracted rubella from one of his children. This exposed both the prime and backup crews, who trained together. Mattingly was found to be the only one of the other five who had not had rubella as a child and thus was not immune. Three days before launch, at the insistence of the Flight Surgeon, Swigert was moved to the prime crew.[4] Mattingly never contracted rubella and was assigned after the mission as Command Module Pilot to Young's crew, which later flew Apollo 16, the fifth mission to land on the Moon. Support crew

Vance D. Brand; Jack R. Lousma; Joseph P. Kerwin.

Flight directors

Gene Kranz
Gene Kranz
(lead)[5] – White Team; Glynn Lunney[5] – Black Team; Milt Windler[5] – Maroon Team; Gerry Griffin[5] – Gold Team.

Mission insignia

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
flown silver Robbins medallion

The astronauts' mission insignia was sculpted as a medallion depicting Steeds of Apollo by Lumen Martin Winter
Lumen Martin Winter
and was struck by the Franklin Mint.[6]

Mission parameters

Mass: CSM Odyssey 63,470 pounds (28,790 kg); LM Aquarius 33,490 pounds (15,190 kg); Perigee: 99.3 nautical miles (183.9 km); Apogee
Apogee
(parking orbit): 100.3 nautical miles (185.8 km); Inclination
Inclination
( Earth
Earth
departure): 31.817°; Period: 88.19 min.[7]

Objective The Apollo 13
Apollo 13
mission was to explore the Fra Mauro formation, or Fra Mauro highlands, named after the 80-kilometer (50 mi) diameter Fra Mauro crater
Fra Mauro crater
located within it. It is a widespread, hilly selenological area thought to be composed of ejecta from the impact that formed Mare Imbrium. The next Apollo mission, Apollo 14, eventually made a successful flight to Fra Mauro. Abort April 14, 1970 UTC
UTC
(April 13, 21:07:53 CST)

Oxygen tank explosion: 03:07:53 UTC
UTC
(55:54:53 Ground Elapsed Time);[8] 173,790.5 nmi (321,860 km) from Earth[9] CSM power down, LM power up: 05:23 UTC
UTC
(58:10 Ground Elapsed Time)[8]

Closest approach to Moon April 15, 1970, 00:21:00 UTC; 137 nmi (253.7 km)[10] Splashdown April 17, 1970, 18:07:41 UTC
UTC
(142:54:47 Ground Elapsed Time). Crew was on board the USS Iwo Jima 45 minutes later. Mission highlights Launch and translunar injection

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
launches from Kennedy Space Center, April 11, 1970

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
spacecraft configuration en route to the Moon

The mission was launched at the planned time, 02:13:00 PM EST (19:13:00 UTC) on April 11. An anomaly occurred when the second-stage, center (inboard) engine shut down about two minutes early. The four outboard engines and the third-stage engine burned longer to compensate, and the vehicle achieved very close to the planned circular 100 nautical miles (190 km) parking orbit, followed by a normal translunar injection about two hours later.[7][11] The engine shutdown was determined to be caused by severe pogo oscillations measured at a strength of 68 g and a frequency of 16 hertz, flexing the thrust frame by 3 inches (76 mm). The vehicle's guidance system shut the engine down in response to sensed thrust chamber pressure fluctuations. Pogo oscillations had been seen on previous Titan rockets, and also on the Saturn V
Saturn V
during Apollo 6,[12] but on Apollo 13, they were amplified by an unexpected interaction with turbopump cavitation.[13] Later missions implemented anti-pogo modifications that had been under development. These included addition of a helium-gas reservoir to the center engine liquid oxygen line to damp pressure oscillations, an automatic cutoff as a backup, and simplification of the propellant valves of all five second-stage engines. The crew performed the separation and transposition maneuver to dock the Command Module Odyssey to the Lunar Module (LM) Aquarius, and pulled away from the spent third stage, which ground controllers then sent on a course to impact the Moon
Moon
in range of a seismometer placed on the surface by Apollo 12. They then settled in for the three-day trip to Fra Mauro.

Accident

Mission Operations Control Room during Apollo 13's fourth television transmission, on the evening of April 13, 1970. Astronaut
Astronaut
Fred Haise, Jr., Lunar Module Pilot, is seen on the screen

Approaching 56 hours into the mission, Apollo 13
Apollo 13
was approximately 205,000 miles (330,000 km) from Earth
Earth
en route to the Moon.[14][15] Approximately six and a half minutes after the end of a live TV broadcast from the spacecraft, Haise was in the process of closing out the LM, while Lovell was stowing the TV camera, and Houston flight controllers asked Swigert to turn on the hydrogen and oxygen tank stirring fans in the Service Module, which were designed to destratify the cryogenic contents and increase the accuracy of their quantity readings. Two minutes later, the astronauts heard a "pretty large bang," accompanied by fluctuations in electrical power and the firing of the attitude control thrusters.[8] The crew initially thought that a meteoroid might have struck the Lunar Module. Communications and telemetry to Earth
Earth
were lost for 1.8 seconds, until the system automatically corrected by switching the high-gain S-band antenna, used for translunar communications, from narrow-beam to wide-beam mode.[16]

Houston, we've had a problem.

Swigert and Lovell reporting the incident on April 14, 1970 [2:59]

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Immediately after the bang Swigert reported a "problem", which Lovell repeated and clarified as a "main B bus undervolt", a temporary loss of operating voltage on the second of the spacecraft's main electrical circuits. Oxygen tank 2 immediately read quantity zero. About three minutes later, the number 1 and number 3 fuel cells failed. Lovell reported seeing out the window that the craft was venting "a gas of some sort" into space. The number 1 oxygen tank quantity gradually reduced to zero over the next 130 minutes, entirely depleting the SM's oxygen supply.[17] Because the fuel cells generated the Command/Service Module's electrical power by combining hydrogen and oxygen into water, when oxygen tank 1 ran dry, the remaining fuel cell finally shut down, leaving the craft on the Command Module's limited-duration battery power and water. The crew was forced to shut down the CM completely to save this for re-entry, and to power up the LM to use as a "lifeboat."[18] This situation had been suggested during an earlier training simulation, but had not been considered a likely scenario.[19] Without the LM, the accident would certainly have been fatal.[20]

The circumlunar trajectory followed by Apollo 13, drawn to scale; the accident occurred about 5½ hours from entry into the Moon's sphere of gravitational influence

Crew survival and return journey

A Direct Abort return, depicted in a 1966 planning report. The trajectory shown is at a point much earlier and farther away from the Moon
Moon
than where the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
accident happened.

The damage to the Service Module made safe return from a lunar landing impossible, so Lead Flight Director
Flight Director
Gene Kranz
Gene Kranz
ordered an abort of the mission. The existing abort plans, first drawn up in 1966, were evaluated; the quickest was a Direct Abort trajectory, which required using the Service Module Propulsion System (SPS) engine to achieve a 6,079-foot-per-second (1,853 m/s) delta-v.[5]p. III-14 Although a successful SPS firing at 60 hours ground elapsed time (GET) would land the crew one day earlier (at 118 hours GET, or 58 hours later), the large delta-v was possible only if the LM were jettisoned first,[5]p. II-1 and since crew survival depended on the LM's presence during the coast back to Earth, that option was "out of the question."[5]p. III-17 An alternative would have been to burn the SPS fuel to depletion, then jettison the Service Module and make a second burn with the LM Descent Propulsion System
Descent Propulsion System
(DPS) engine. It was desired to keep the Service Module attached for as long as possible because of the thermal protection it afforded the Command Module's heat shield. Apollo 13
Apollo 13
was close to entering the lunar sphere of gravitational influence (at 61 hours GET), which was the break-even point between direct and circumlunar aborts, and the latter allowed more time for evaluation and planning before a major rocket burn.[5]p. B-5 There also was concern about "the structural integrity of the Service Module,"[5]p. III‑23 so mission planners were instructed that the SPS engine would not be used "except as a last-ditch effort."[5]p. III-14 For these reasons, Kranz chose the alternative circumlunar option, using the Moon's gravity to return the ship to Earth. Apollo 13
Apollo 13
had left its initial free-return trajectory earlier in the mission, as required for the lunar landing at Fra Mauro. Therefore, the first order of business was to re-establish the free-return trajectory with a 30.7-second burn of the DPS. The descent engine was used again two hours after pericynthion, the closest approach to the Moon
Moon
("PC+2 burn"), to speed the return to Earth
Earth
by 10 hours and move the landing spot from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. A more aggressive burn could have been performed at PC+2 by first jettisoning the Service Module, returning the crew in about the same amount of time as a direct abort,[5]p. III-20 but this was deemed unnecessary given the rates at which consumables were being used. The 4-minute, 24-second burn was so accurate that only two more small course corrections were subsequently needed.

Astronaut
Astronaut
John L. Swigert, at right, with the "mailbox" rig improvised to adapt the Command Module's square carbon dioxide scrubber cartridges to fit the Lunar Module, which took a round cartridge

The "mailbox" at Mission Control during the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
mission

Considerable ingenuity under extreme pressure was required from the crew, flight controllers, and support personnel for the safe return. The developing drama was shown on television.[21] Because electrical power was severely limited, no more live TV broadcasts were made; TV commentators used models and animated footage as illustrations. Low power levels made even voice communications difficult. The Lunar Module consumables were intended to sustain two people for a day and a half, not three people for four days. Oxygen was the least critical consumable because the LM carried enough to repressurize the LM after each surface EVA. Unlike the Command/Service Module (CSM), which was powered by fuel cells that produced water as a byproduct, the LM was powered by silver-zinc batteries, so electrical power and water (used for equipment cooling as well as drinking) were critical consumables. To keep the LM life-support and communication systems operational until re-entry, the LM was powered down to the lowest levels possible. In particular, the LM's Abort Guidance System was used for most of the coast back to Earth
Earth
instead of the primary guidance system, as it used less power and water.[5]pp. III‑17,33,40 Availability of lithium hydroxide (LiOH) for removing carbon dioxide presented a serious problem. The LM's internal stock of LiOH canisters was not sufficient to support the crew until return, and the remainder was stored in the descent stage, out of reach. The CM had an adequate supply of canisters, but these were incompatible with the LM. Engineers on the ground improvised a way to join the cube-shaped CM canisters to the LM's cylindrical canister-sockets by drawing air through them with a suit return hose. NASA
NASA
engineers referred to the improvised device as "the mailbox".[22][23] Another problem to be solved for a safe return was accomplishing a complete power-up from scratch of the completely shut-down Command Module, something never intended to be done in-flight. Flight controller John Aaron, with the support of grounded astronaut Mattingly and many engineers and designers, had to invent a new procedure to do this with the ship's limited power supply and time factor.[24] This was further complicated by the fact that the reduced power levels in the LM caused internal temperatures to drop to as low as 4 °C (39 °F). The unpowered CM got so cold that water began to condense on solid surfaces, causing concern that this might short out electrical systems when it was reactivated. This turned out not to be a problem, partly because of the extensive electrical insulation improvements instituted after the Apollo 1
Apollo 1
fire.[25] The last problem to be solved was how to separate the Lunar Module a safe distance away from the Command Module just before re-entry. The normal procedure was to use the Service Module's reaction control system (RCS) to pull the CSM away after releasing the LM along with the Command Module's docking ring, but this RCS was inoperative because of the power failure, and the useless SM would be released before the LM. To solve the problem, Grumman
Grumman
called on the engineering expertise of the University of Toronto. A team of six UT engineers, led by senior scientist Bernard Etkin, was formed to solve the problem within a day. The team concluded that pressurizing the tunnel connecting the Lunar Module to the Command Module just before separation would provide the force necessary to push the two modules a safe distance away from each other just prior to re-entry. The team had 6 hours to compute the pressure required, using slide rules. They needed an accurate calculation, as too high a pressure might damage the hatch and its seal, causing the astronauts to burn up; too low a pressure would not provide enough separation distance of the LM. Grumman
Grumman
relayed their calculation to NASA, and from there in turn to the astronauts, who used it successfully.[26] Re-entry and splashdown

As Apollo 13
Apollo 13
neared Earth, the crew first jettisoned the Service Module, using the LM's reaction control system to pull themselves a safe distance from it, instead of the normal procedure which used automatic firing of the SM's RCS. They photographed it for later analysis of the accident's cause. It was then that the crew were surprised to see for the first time that the entire Sector 4 panel had been blown off. According to the analysts, these pictures also showed the antenna damage and possibly an upward tilt to the fuel cell shelf above the oxygen tank compartment. Finally, the crew jettisoned the Lunar Module Aquarius using the above procedure worked out at the University of Toronto, leaving the Command Module Odyssey to begin its lone re-entry through the atmosphere. The re-entry on a lunar mission normally was accompanied by about four minutes of typical communications blackout caused by ionization of the air around the Command Module. The blackout in Apollo 13's reentry lasted six minutes, which was 87 seconds longer than had been expected.[27] The possibility of heat-shield damage from the O 2 tank rupture heightened the tension of the blackout period. Odyssey regained radio contact and splashed down safely in the South Pacific Ocean, 21°38′24″S 165°21′42″W / 21.64000°S 165.36167°W / -21.64000; -165.36167 ( Apollo 13
Apollo 13
splashdown), southeast of American Samoa
American Samoa
and 6.5 km (3.5 nmi) from the recovery ship, USS Iwo Jima. The crew was in good condition except for Haise, who was suffering from a serious urinary tract infection because of insufficient water intake. To avoid altering the trajectory of the spacecraft, the crew had been instructed to temporarily stop urine dumps. A misunderstanding prompted the crew to store all urine for the rest of the flight.[28] The Lunar Module and Service Module reentered the atmosphere over the South Pacific between the islands of Fiji
Fiji
and New Zealand.[29]

The crew of Apollo 13
Apollo 13
on board the USS Iwo Jima following splashdown

The Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Lunar Module Aquarius is jettisoned above the Earth after serving as a lifeboat for four days. It reentered Earth's atmosphere over Fiji
Fiji
and burned up during reentry

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Service Module (SM) and Lunar Module (LM) as they entered Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on April 18, 1970 between the Fiji
Fiji
Islands and Auckland, New Zealand

Apollo 13's damaged Service Module, as photographed from the Command Module after being jettisoned

Mission Control celebrates the successful splashdown of Apollo 13

The Apollo 13
Apollo 13
crew talking with President Nixon on April 17, 1970

Analysis and response NASA
NASA
Administrator Thomas Paine and Deputy Administrator George Low sent a memorandum to NASA
NASA
Langley Research Center
Langley Research Center
Director Edgar M. Cortright on April 17, 1970, (date of spacecraft splashdown) advising him of his appointment as chairman of an Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Review Board to investigate the cause of the accident. Review board The second memorandum to Cortright from Paine and Low on April 21 established the board as follows:

Members:

Robert F. Allnutt (Assistant to the Administrator, NASA
NASA
Hqs.); Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong
(Astronaut, Manned Spacecraft Center); Dr. John F. Clark (Director, Goddard Space Flight Center); Brig. General Walter R. Hedrick, Jr. (Director of Space, DCS/RED, Hqs., USAF); Vincent L. Johnson (Deputy Associate Administrator-Engineering, Office of Space Science and Applications); Milton Klein (Manager, AEC- NASA
NASA
Space Nuclear Propulsion Office); Dr. Hans M. Mark (Director, Ames Research Center).

Counsel:

George Malley (Chief Counsel, Langley Research Center)

OMSF Technical Support:

Charles W. Mathews (Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Manned Space Flight)

Observers:

William A. Anders (Executive Secretary, National Aeronautics and Space Council; ex-astronaut); Dr. Charles D. Harrington (Chairman, NASA
NASA
Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel); I. I. Pinkel (Director, Aerospace Safety Research and Data Institute, Lewis Research Center).

Congressional Liaison:

Gerald J. Mossinghoff (Office of Legislative Affairs, NASA
NASA
Hqs.)

Public Affairs Liaison:

Brian Duff (Public Affairs Officer. Manned Spacecraft Center)

Activities and report The board exhaustively investigated and analyzed the history of the manufacture and testing of the oxygen tank, and its installation and testing in the spacecraft up to the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
launch, as documented in detailed records and logs. They visited and consulted with engineers at the contractor's sites and the Kennedy Space Center. Once a theory of the cause was developed, elements of it were tested, including on a test rig simulation in a vacuum chamber, with a damaged tank installed in the fuel cell bay. This test confirmed the theory when a similar explosion was created, which blew off the outer panel exactly as happened in the flight. Cortright sent the final Report of Apollo 13 Review Board to Thomas Paine on June 15, 1970.[30] The failure started in the Service Module's number 2 oxygen tank.[31] Damaged Teflon insulation on the wires to the stirring fan inside oxygen tank 2 allowed the wires to short-circuit and ignite this insulation. The resulting fire rapidly increased pressure beyond its 1,000-pound-per-square-inch (6.9 MPa) limit and the tank dome failed, filling the fuel cell bay (Sector 4) with rapidly expanding gaseous oxygen and combustion products. It is also possible some combustion occurred of the Mylar/ Kapton
Kapton
thermal insulation material used to line the oxygen shelf compartment in this bay.[17] The resulting pressure inside the compartment popped the bolts attaching the 13-foot (4.0 m) Sector 4 outer aluminum skin panel, which as it blew off probably caused minor damage to the nearby S-band antenna.[16] Mechanical shock forced the oxygen valves closed on the number 1 and number 3 fuel cells, leaving them operating for only about three minutes on the oxygen in the feed lines. The shock also either partially ruptured a line from the number 1 oxygen tank, or caused its check or relief valve to leak, causing its contents to leak out into space over the next 130 minutes, entirely depleting the SM's oxygen supply.[17] The board determined the oxygen tank failure was caused by an unlikely chain of events. Tanks storing cryogens, such as liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, require either venting, extremely good insulation, or both, in order to avoid excessive pressure buildup due to vaporization of the tanks' contents. The Service Module oxygen tanks were so well insulated that they could safely contain supercritical hydrogen and oxygen for years. Each oxygen tank held several hundred pounds of oxygen, which was used for breathable air and the production of electricity and water. The construction of the tanks made internal inspection impossible. The tank contained several components relevant to the accident:

a quantity sensor; a fan to stir the tank contents for more accurate quantity measurements; a heater to vaporize liquid oxygen as needed; a thermostat to protect the heater; a temperature sensor; fill and drain valves and piping.

The heater and protection thermostats were originally designed for the Command Module's 28-volt DC bus. The specifications for the heater and thermostat were later changed to allow a 65-volt ground supply, in order to pressurize the tanks more rapidly. Beechcraft, the tank subcontractor, did not upgrade the thermostat to handle the higher voltage. The oxygen shelf carrying the oxygen tanks was originally installed in the Apollo 10
Apollo 10
Service Module, but was removed to fix a potential electromagnetic interference problem. During removal, the shelf was accidentally dropped about 2 inches (5 cm) because a retaining bolt had not been removed. The tank appeared to be undamaged, but a loosely fitting filling tube was apparently damaged, and photographs suggested that the close-out cap on the top of the tank may have hit the fuel cell shelf. The report of the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
review board considers the probability of tank damage during this incident to be "rather low."[17] After the tank was filled for ground testing, it could not be emptied through the normal drain line. To avoid delaying the mission by replacing the tank, the heater was connected to 65-volt ground power to boil off the oxygen. Lovell signed off on this procedure. It should have taken a few days at the thermostatic opening temperature of 27 °C (81 °F). When the thermostat opened, the 65-volt supply fused its contacts closed and the heater remained powered. The board confirmed by testing that the thermostats welded themselves closed under the higher voltage. This raised the temperature of the heater to an estimated 540 °C (1,000 °F). A chart recorder on the heater current showed that the heater was not cycling on and off, as it should have been if the thermostat was functioning correctly, but no one noticed it at the time. Because the temperature sensor was not designed to read higher than the 27 °C (81 °F) thermostat opening temperature, the monitoring equipment did not register the true temperature inside the tank.[32][33] The gas boiled off in hours rather than days. The sustained high temperatures melted the Teflon insulation on the fan power supply wires and left them exposed. When the tank was refilled with oxygen, it became a bomb waiting to go off. During the "cryo stir" procedure, fan power passed through the bare wires which apparently shorted, producing sparks and igniting the Teflon. This in turn boiled liquid oxygen faster than the tank vent could remove it.

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
details of oxygen tank number 2 and the heater and thermostat unit

In June 1970, the Cortright Report[17] provided an in-depth analysis of the mission in an extremely detailed five-chapter report with eight appendices. It included a copy of established NASA
NASA
procedures for alleviating high pressure in a cryogenic oxygen tank, to include:

Turning the four tank heaters and fans off; Pulling the two heater circuit breakers to open to remove the energy source; Performing a 2-minute purge, or directly opening the O2 valve.

Telemetered parameters of the oxygen tank rupture incident, with inset image of pressure relief valve

This procedure was designed to prevent hardware failure so that the lunar landing mission could be continued. The Mission Operations Report Apollo 13
Apollo 13
recounts how the master caution and warning alarm had been turned off for a previous low-pressure reading on hydrogen tank 2, and so it did not trigger to call attention to the high oxygen pressure reading.[34] Oxygen tank 2 was not the only pressure vessel that failed during this mission. Prior to the accident, the crew had moved the scheduled entry into the Lunar Module forward by three hours. This was done to get an earlier look at the pressure reading of the supercritical helium (SHe) tank in the LM descent stage, which had been suspect since before launch. After the abort decision, the helium pressure continued to rise and Mission Control predicted the time that the burst disc would rupture. The helium tank burst disc ruptured at 108:54, after the lunar flyby. The expulsion reversed the direction of the passive thermal control (PTC) roll (nicknamed the "barbecue roll").[35] While the investigation board did recreate the oxygen tank failure, it did not report on any experiments that would show how effective the Cryogenic
Cryogenic
Malfunctions Procedures were to prevent the system failure by de-energizing the electrical heater and fan circuits. Corrective actions The oxygen tank was redesigned, with the thermostats upgraded to handle the proper voltage. The heaters were retained since they were necessary to maintain oxygen pressure. The stirring fans, with their unsealed motors, were removed, which meant the oxygen quantity gauge was no longer accurate. This required adding a third tank so that no tank would go below half full.[36] All electrical wiring in the power system bay was sheathed in stainless steel, and the oxygen quantity probes were changed from aluminum to stainless steel. The fuel cell oxygen supply valves were redesigned to isolate the Teflon-coated wiring from the oxygen. The spacecraft and Mission Control monitoring systems were modified to give more immediate and visible warnings of anomalies.[36] Mission notes

President Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
speaks before awarding the Apollo 13 astronauts the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Because Apollo 13
Apollo 13
followed the free-return trajectory, its altitude over the lunar far side was approximately 100 km (60 mi) greater than the orbital altitude on the remaining Apollo lunar missions. The Moon
Moon
was almost at apogee during the mission (as it also was during the flights of Apollo 10
Apollo 10
and Apollo 15), which also increased the distance from the Earth. The combination of the two effects ensures that Apollo 13
Apollo 13
holds the absolute altitude record for a manned spacecraft, reaching a distance of 400,171 kilometers (248,655 mi) from Earth
Earth
on 7:21 pm EST, April 14, 1970.[37] The A7L spacesuit intended to be worn on the lunar surface by Lovell would have been the first to feature red bands on the arms, legs, lunar EVA helmet assembly, and the life-support backpack. This came about because Mission Control personnel watching the video feeds of Apollos 11 and 12 had trouble distinguishing the astronauts while both had their helmet sunshades down. The red bands were used for the remaining Apollo flights, the Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
program, and in the International Space Station. The Apollo 13
Apollo 13
mission was called "a successful failure" by Lovell,[38] because of the successful safe return of the astronauts, but the failed lunar landing. Lead Flight Director
Flight Director
Gene Kranz
Gene Kranz
and Flight controller Sy Liebergot, the first one to see the telemetry of the initial oxygen tank failure, both describe it decades later as "NASA's finest hour."[39][40] President Nixon awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
to the crew and the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team
Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team
for their actions during the mission.[41] The Cold Cathode Gauge Experiment (CCGE) which was part of the ALSEP on Apollo 13
Apollo 13
was never flown again. It was a version of the Cold Cathode Ion Gauge (CCIG) which featured on Apollo 12, Apollo 14, and Apollo 15. The CCGE was designed as a standalone version of the CCIG. On other missions, the CCIG was connected as part of the Suprathermal Ion Detector (SIDE). Because of the aborted landing, this experiment was never deployed. Other experiments included on Apollo 13's ALSEP included the Heat Flow Experiment (HFE), the Passive Seismic Experiment (PSE), and the Charged Particle Lunar Environment Experiment (CPLEE).[42] Plaque and insignia

Replica of the plaque with Swigert's name that was to replace the one attached to Aquarius that had Mattingly's name

The original lunar plaque affixed to the front landing leg of Aquarius bore Mattingly’s name, so a replacement plaque with Swigert’s name was carried in the cabin, for Lovell to place over the other after he descended the ladder. He kept the plaque as a souvenir. In his book Lost Moon (later renamed Apollo 13), Lovell stated that, apart from the plaque and a couple of other pieces, the only other memento he possesses is a letter from Charles Lindbergh. The Apollo 13
Apollo 13
crew patch featured three flying horses as Apollo's "chariot" across space. Given Lovell's Navy background, the logo also included the mottoes "Ex Luna, scientia" ("From the Moon, knowledge"), borrowed from the U.S. Naval Academy's motto, "Ex scientia tridens" ("From knowledge, sea power"). The mission number appeared in Roman numerals as Apollo XIII. The patch did not have to be modified after Mattingly's replacement since it is one of only two Apollo mission insignia—the other being Apollo 11—not to include the names of the crew. It was designed by artist Lumen Martin Winter, who based it on a mural he had done for The St. Regis Hotel
The St. Regis Hotel
in New York City.[43][44] The mural was later purchased by actor Tom Hanks, who portrayed Lovell in the movie Apollo 13, and now is on the wall of a restaurant near Chicago owned by Lovell's son.[45] Successful experiments Despite Apollo 13's failure to land on the Moon, several experiments were conducted successfully because they were initiated before or conducted independently of the oxygen tank explosion.[46]

Several experiments to study electrical phenomena were conducted prior to and during the launch of Apollo 13. This information was used to better understand hazards of launching in less than ideal weather conditions. Eleven photographs of Earth
Earth
were taken at precisely recorded times, to study the feasibility of using geosynchronous satellites to study cloud height. Apollo 13's S-IVB
S-IVB
third stage was the first to be purposely crashed into the lunar surface, as an active seismic experiment which measured its impact with a seismometer left on the lunar surface by the crew of Apollo 12. (The S-IVBs from the previous four lunar missions were sent into solar orbit by ground control after use.)

"Towing fees" As a joke following Apollo 13's successful splashdown, Grumman Aerospace Corporation pilot Sam Greenberg (who had helped with the strategy for re-routing power from the LM to the crippled CM) issued a tongue-in-cheek invoice for $400,540.05 to North American Rockwell, Pratt and Whitney, and Beech Aircraft,[47][48] prime and subcontractors for the CSM, for "towing" the crippled ship most of the way to the Moon
Moon
and back. The figure was based on an estimated 400,001 miles (643,739 km) at $1.00 per mile, plus $4.00 for the first mile. An extra $536.05 was included for battery charging, oxygen, and an "additional guest in room" (Swigert). A 20% "commercial discount," as well as a further 2% discount if North American were to pay in cash, reduced the total to $312,421.24.[49] North American declined payment, noting that it had ferried three previous Grumman
Grumman
LMs to the Moon
Moon
(Apollo 10, Apollo 11
Apollo 11
and Apollo 12) with no such reciprocal charges. Spacecraft location

The Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Command Module on display at the Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
in Hutchinson, Kansas

The Command Module shell was formerly at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, in Paris. The interior components were removed during the investigation of the accident and reassembled into boilerplate BP-1102A, the water egress training module; and were subsequently on display at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Louisville, Kentucky, until 2000. The Command Module and the internal components were reassembled, and Odyssey is currently on display at the Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Lunar Module burned up in Earth's atmosphere on April 17, 1970, having been targeted to enter over the Pacific Ocean to reduce the possibility of contamination from a SNAP 27 radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) on board. Intended to power the mission's ALSEP, the RTG survived re-entry (as designed) and landed in the Tonga Trench. While it will remain radioactive for several thousand years, it does not appear to be releasing any of its 3.9 kg of radioactive plutonium-238.[50] Lovell's lunar space suit helmet, one of his gloves, and the plaque that had been intended to be left on the Moon
Moon
are on exhibit at the Adler Planetarium
Adler Planetarium
in Chicago, Illinois.[51] The Apollo 13
Apollo 13
S-IVB
S-IVB
with its Instrument Unit was guided to crash onto the lunar surface on April 14, providing a signal for the Apollo 12 Passive Seismic Experiment.

A recording of the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
S-IVB's impact on the lunar surface as detected by the Apollo 12
Apollo 12
Passive Seismic Experiment

Crater left by the S-IVB's impact

LM armrest on display at the Apollo/ Saturn V
Saturn V
Center in Florida

Popular culture and media The 1974 movie Houston, We've Got a Problem, while set around the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
incident, is a fictional drama about the crises faced by ground personnel when the emergency disrupts their work schedules and places additional stress on their lives; only a couple of news clips and a narrator's solemn voice deal with the actual problems. "Houston... We've Got a Problem" was also the title of an episode of the BBC
BBC
documentary series A Life At Stake, broadcast in March 1978. This was an accurate, if simplified, reconstruction of the events.[52] Lovell was approached in 1991 by journalist Jeffrey Kluger about collaborating on a non-fiction account of the mission. The resultant book, Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, was published in 1994. The next year, a film adaptation of the book, Apollo 13, was released, directed by Ron Howard
Ron Howard
and starring Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
as Lovell, Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton
as Haise, Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon
as Swigert, Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
as Mattingly, Ed Harris
Ed Harris
as flight director Gene Kranz, and Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell. James Lovell, Eugene Kranz, and other principals have stated that this film depicted the events of the mission with reasonable accuracy, given that some dramatic license was taken. For example, the film changes the tense of Lovell's famous follow-up to Swigert's original words from, "Houston, we've had a problem", to "Houston, we have a problem".[53][54][55] The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Harris) and Best Supporting Actress (Quinlan). In the 1998 miniseries From the Earth
Earth
to the Moon, co-produced by Hanks and Howard, the mission is dramatized in the episode "We Interrupt This Program". Rather than showing the incident from the crew's perspective as in the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
feature film, it is instead presented from an Earth-bound perspective of television reporters competing for coverage of the event. In 2008, an interactive theatrical show titled Apollo 13: Mission Control[56] premiered at BATS Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand.[57] The production faithfully recreated the mission control consoles and audience members became part of the storyline. The show also featured a 'guest' astronaut each night: a member of the public who suited up and amongst other duties, stirred the oxygen tanks and said the line "Houston, we've had a problem." This 'replacement' astronaut was a nod to Jack Swigert, who replaced Ken Mattingly
Ken Mattingly
shortly before the launch in 1970. The production toured to other cities extensively in New Zealand and Australia in 2010–2011. The production was scheduled to travel to the US in 2012. In the DC's Legends of Tomorrow
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
episode 'Moonshot,' the oxygen tank explosion is averted when Eobard Thawne
Eobard Thawne
disguises himself as Swigert, in order to retrieve a piece of the Spear of Destiny that was hidden in the pole section of the American flag planted on July 21, 1969. Thawne and Ray Palmer crash land the lander on the Moon's surface.[58] In November 2011, a notebook containing a checklist Lovell used to calculate a trajectory to get the damaged spacecraft, Apollo 13, back to Earth, and handwritten calculations by Lovell, was auctioned off by Heritage Auctions for $388,375. NASA
NASA
made an email inquiry asking Heritage if Lovell had clear title to the notebook, stating that NASA had "nothing to indicate" the agency had ever transferred ownership of the checklist to Lovell. In January 2012, Heritage stated that the sale had been placed on hold after NASA
NASA
launched an investigation into whether it was the astronaut’s property to sell.[59] See also

Houston, we have a problem List of man-made objects on the Moon

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Lattimer, Dick (1985). All We Did Was Fly to the Moon. History-alive series. 1. Foreword by James A. Michener
James A. Michener
(1st ed.). Alachua, FL: Whispering Eagle Press. ISBN 0-9611228-0-3. LCCN 85222271. 

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Apollo 13.

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NASA
NASA
reports

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Press Kit (PDF), NASA, Release No. 70-50K, April 2, 1970 The Apollo Spacecraft - A Chronology NASA
NASA
SP-4009, vol. IV, pt. 3 "Table 2-41. Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Characteristics" from NASA
NASA
Historical Data Book: Volume III: Programs and Projects 1969–1978 by Linda Neuman Ezell, NASA
NASA
History Series, NASA
NASA
SP-4012, (1988) "Apollo Program Summary Report" (PDF), NASA, JSC-09423, April 1975 "Apollo 13: Lunar exploration experiments and photography summary" (Original mission as planned) (PDF) NASA, February 1970 Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Spacecraft Incident Investigation (PDF) NASA, June 1970 Report of Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Review Board, (PDF) NASA, June 1970 " Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Technical Air-to-Ground Voice Transcription" (PDF) NASA, April 1970

Multimedia

"Space Educators' Handbook Apollo 13" at NASA " Gene Kranz
Gene Kranz
Oral History Interview, Part 2" at C-SPAN; interview conducted April 28, 1999 The short film Apollo 13
Apollo 13
"Houston, We've Got a Problem" is available for free download at the Internet Archive "Apollo 13: LIFE With the Lovell Family During 'NASA's Finest Hour'" – slideshow by Life magazine "Apollo 13: NASA's Finest Hour" – slideshow by Life magazine at the Internet Archive "Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side" is an episode of Man, Moment, Machine, a 2006 documentary series that aired on The History Channel Apollo 13: Failure is Not An Option documentary on YouTube " Apollo 13
Apollo 13
transcripts on Spacelog" " Apollo 13
Apollo 13
- 'Houston, we've had a problem'" Audio of the Apollo 13 mission during its first moments of trouble Complete post-flight press conference, April 21, 1970: Part 1 - Part 2

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Altair European Lunar Explorer LEO LK Lunar-A Lunar Observer Lunokhod 3 MoonRise Prospector SpaceX lunar tourism mission Ukrselena

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Kosmos 318 OPS 6531 Intelsat III F-6 Kosmos 319 Kosmos 320 Kosmos 321 Kosmos 322 ITOS-1 · Australis-OSCAR 5 DS-P1-I No.6 SERT-2 E-8-5 No.405 Kosmos 323 Ohsumi OPS 0054 Molniya-1 No.17 Kosmos 324 Kosmos 325 OPS 0440 · OPS 3402 Wika · Mika Kosmos 326 Meteor No.14 Kosmos 327 NATO 2A Kosmos 328 Kosmos 329 Kosmos 330 Nimbus 4 · Topo-1 Kosmos 331 OPS 7033 · OPS 7044 Kosmos 332 Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Kosmos 333 OPS 2863 Intelsat III F-7
Intelsat III F-7
Kosmos 334 Dongfanghong I Kosmos 335 Kosmos 336 · Kosmos 337 · Kosmos 338 · Kosmos 339 · Kosmos 340 · Kosmos 341 · Kosmos 342 · Kosmos 343 Meteor No.13 Kosmos 344 Kosmos 345 OPS 4720 · OPS 8520 DS-P1-Yu No.36 Soyuz 9 Kosmos 346 STV-3 Kosmos 347 Kosmos 348 Kosmos 349 OPS 5346 Meteor-M No.17 OPS 6820 Molniya-1 No.21 Kosmos 350 Kosmos 351 Unnamed Kosmos 352 Kosmos 353 Zenit-4 No.75 OPS 4324 Intelsat III F-8 Kosmos 354 Interkosmos 3 Kosmos 355 Kosmos 356 Venera 7
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OPS 7874 Skynet 1B
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Kosmos 357 Kosmos 358 Kosmos 359 · Kosmos 359
Kosmos 359
OPS 8329 Transit O-19 Kosmos 360 OPS 7329 Orba · X-2 OPS 0203 Kosmos 361 Luna 16
Luna 16
Kosmos 362 Kosmos 363 Kosmos 364 MS-F1 Kosmos 365 Molniya-1 No.19 Kosmos 366 Kosmos 367 Kosmos 368 · Nauka No.3 Kosmos 369 Kosmos 370 Kosmos 371 Interkosmos 4 Meteor-M No.16 Kosmos 372 Kosmos 373 Zond 8
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Kosmos 374 OPS 7568 Kosmos 375 Kosmos 376 OPS 5960 OFO · RM-1 Luna 17
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(Lunokhod 1) Kosmos 377 Kosmos 378 OPS 4992 · OPS 6829 Kosmos 379
Kosmos 379
Kosmos 380 Molniya-1 No.23 OAO-B Kosmos 381 Kosmos 382
Kosmos 382
Kosmos 383 Kosmos 384 · Nauka No.2 NOAA-1 · CEPI Uhuru Kosmos 385 Peole Kosmos 386 Kosmos 387 Kosmos 388 Kosmos 389 DS-P1-M No.1 Molniya-1 No.22

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Policy and history

History

NACA (1915) National Aeronautics and Space Act
National Aeronautics and Space Act
(1958) Space Task Group
Space Task Group
(1958) Paine (1986) Rogers (1986) Ride (1987) Space Exploration Initiative
Space Exploration Initiative
(1989) Augustine (1990) U.S. National Space Policy (1996) CFUSAI (2002) CAIB (2003) Vision for Space Exploration
Vision for Space Exploration
(2004) Aldridge (2004) Augustine (2009)

General

Space Race Administrator and Deputy Administrator Chief Scientist Astronaut
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Corps Budget Spin-off technologies NASA
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TV NASA
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Social Launch Services Program Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building Launch Complex 39 Launch Control Center

Johnson Space Center

Mission Control Lunar Sample Laboratory

Robotic programs

Past

Hitchhiker Mariner Mariner Mark II MESUR Mars Surveyor '98 New Millennium Lunar Orbiter Pioneer Planetary Observer Ranger Surveyor Viking Project Prometheus Mars Scout

Current

Living With a Star Lunar Precursor Robotic Program Earth
Earth
Observing System Great Observatories program Explorer Small explorer Voyager Discovery New Frontiers Mars Exploration Rover

Human spaceflight programs

Past

X-15 (suborbital) Mercury Gemini Apollo Apollo–Soyuz Test Project (with the Soviet space program) Skylab Space Shuttle Shuttle–Mir (with  Roscosmos
Roscosmos
State Corporation) Constellation

Current

International Space Station Commercial Orbital Transportation Services
Commercial Orbital Transportation Services
(COTS) Commercial Crew Development
Commercial Crew Development
(CCDev) Orion

Individual featured missions (human and robotic)

Past

COBE Apollo 11 Mercury 3 Mercury-Atlas 6 Magellan Pioneer 10 Pioneer 11 Galileo GALEX GRAIL WMAP Space Shuttle Sojourner rover Spirit rover LADEE MESSENGER Aquarius Cassini

Currently operating

MRO 2001 Mars Odyssey Dawn New Horizons Kepler International Space Station Hubble Space Telescope Spitzer RHESSI Swift THEMIS Mars Exploration Rover Curiosity rover

timeline

Opportunity rover

observed

GOES 14 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter GOES 15 Van Allen Probes SDO Juno Mars Science Laboratory

timeline

NuSTAR Voyager 1/2 WISE MAVEN MMS OSIRIS-REx

Future

JPSS James Webb Space Telescope WFIRST InSight Mars 2020 NISAR Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Europa Clipper

Communications and navigation

Canberra Deep Space Atomic Clock Deep Space Network
Space Network
(Goldstone Madrid Near Earth
Earth
Network Space Flight Operations Facility) Space Network

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lists

Astronauts

by name by year Apollo astronauts

List of NASA
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aircraft List of NASA
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missions

unmanned missions

List of NASA
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contractors List of United States rockets List of NASA
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cancellations List of Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
missions

crews

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images and artwork

Earthrise The Blue Marble Family Portrait

Pale Blue Dot

Pillars of Creation Mystic Mountain Solar System Family Portrait The Day the Earth
Earth
Smiled Fallen Astronaut Lunar plaques Pioneer plaques Voyager Golden Record NASA
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insignia Gemini and Apollo medallions Mission patches

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