Feb 20

Space Rocket History #290 – Apollo 13 – Welcome Home

“Three brave astronauts are alive and on Earth because of the mission operations teams’ dedication, and because at the critical moments the people of that team were wise enough and self-possessed enough to make the right decisions. Their extraordinary feat is a tribute to man’s ingenuity, to his resourcefulness and to his courage.” President Richard Nixon

Feb 13

Space Rocket History #289 – Apollo 13 – Splashdown

“During blackout every team member does his own soul searching, reviewing the decisions and the data, knowing they had to be nearly perfect and knowing how tough perfection is.” Gene Kranz

Feb 06

Space Rocket History #288 – Apollo 13 – Re-entry

To Kranz and his team, this crew was special. They just could not lose them.  Failure was not an option.

Jan 16

Space Rocket History #286 – Apollo 13 – I Want My Power Up Checklist. Now!

As If there were not enough problems, Houston still had not completed the command module power up checklist.

Jan 02

Space Rocket History #284 – Apollo 13 – Mid-course Correction

Swigert counted down five, four, three, two, one.” 
Lovell pressed the big red engine button set in the bulkhead and once again felt the vibration below his feet. 
“Ignition,” Lovell said to his crew-mates.

Arnold Aldrich
Ken Mattingly & Joe Kerwin
Vance Brand & Jack Lousma

Dec 12

Space Rocket History #281 – Apollo 13 – Homeward Bound

There was now cause for optimism in Mission Control. At the TELMU station, where the Lunar Module’s environmental signs were being continually monitored, the readings of the carbon dioxide concentrations aboard Aquarius were steadily dropping all day long.

Jack Lousma – One of the Capcoms for Apollo 13

Vance Brand (standing right) another Capcom for Apollo 13

Taken by Apollo 13 on the way home

Nov 28

Space Rocket History #280 – Apollo 13 – Carbon Dioxide

In a healthy spacecraft, the CO2 meter should climb no higher than 2 or 3 millimeters of mercury. When it rose above 7, the crew was instructed to change their lithium hydroxide canisters. If it was allowed to rise above 15, the first signs of CO2 poisoning would set in.

Carbon Dioxide Threatens Astronauts

Lovell & Swigert work with temp hose connections. CO2 scrubber in background

The CO2 scrubber

Nov 21

Space Rocket History #279 – Apollo 13 – Leaving the Moon – Part 2

In the satellite room of the carrier Iwo Jima, the communications man sat back and removed his headset. He knew, that Apollo 13 was in fact coming their way.

Seismometer left on Moon by Apollo 12 detects 13’s S-IVB stage impact

Ptolemaeus & Alphonsus photographed from Apollo 13

Moon photographed from Apollo 13 on its journey home