Nov 14

Space Rocket History #278 – Apollo 13 – Leaving the Moon

Lovell’s disappointment with Kranz’s decision to not run another star check was quickly becoming academic since the time to conduct it was running out anyway.

Apollo 13 Saturn IVB upper stage impact point

Apollo 13’s view from Aquarius as it rounds the Moon

Leaving the Moon

Nov 08

Space Rocket History #277 – Apollo 13 – Approaching the Moon

“They’re all coming out,” Swigert said, straining for a glimpse through Lovell’s window. 

“You said it,” Lovell said. “There’s Nunki, there’s Antares. We may have enough here for that confidence check.” 

Gimbal Lock

Oblique view of lunar far side, photographed from Apollo 13

View of the lunar far side showing crater Tsiolkovsky taken from Apollo 13

Oct 17

Space Rocket History #274 – Apollo 13 – Minimizing Power – Part 1

Electricity was in short supply. A fully functioning, up-and running LEM required about 55 amps of current to operate.

Ken Mattingly, Joe Kerwin

Tom Kelly Grumman Engineer

Kraft, McDivitt, Gilruth

Oct 10

Space Rocket History #273 – Apollo 13 – Free Return – Part 3

Lovell toggled the “master arm” switch to On and glanced around to see if everything else was in order. Guidance control was set to “Primary Guidance”; thrust control was on “Auto”; engine gimbals were enabled; the propellant quantity, temperature, and pressure looked good; the ship was maintaining the correct attitude.

John Aaron – Steely Eyed Missle Man

Glynn Lunney – Flight Director

Gerry Griffin – Flight Director

Aug 16

Space Rocket History #266 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 1

Swigert: I believe we’ve had a problem here!

CapComm: This is Houston. Say again, please.

Lovell: Houston, we’ve had a problem.

Section of Apollo CM main panel. H2 and O2 fan switches circled.

Section of Apollo CM Control panel. Main Bus A and B Undervolt lights circled.

Section of Apollo CM Control Panel. Cryogenic Tank Level indicators circled.

Aug 09

Space Rocket History #265 – Apollo 13 – Translunar Coast – The Calm Before the Storm

As Lovell prepared for the thruster adjustments, Haise finished closing down the LEM and drifted through the tunnel back toward the command module and Swigert threw the switch to stir all 4 cryogenic tanks.

Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft comparison

Apollo Service Module diagram

Image from the unaired Apollo 13 TV show just before the problem occurred

Jul 31

Space Rocket History #264 – Apollo 13 – Orbit, Translunar Injection, Docking, and Extraction

Milt Windier’s team at mission control quickly reviewed the status of the remaining four engines, ran the computations for the new engine cutoff times, and passed them to the crew.

POGO. Experienced on the S-II stage of Apollo 13

Saturn V, S-II stage, engine cluster

Docking with the Lunar Module