Apollo 13 is one of the most critical missions in the history of space travel. Though the aim of the mission was landing on the Moon, some technical problems made it impossible.
The crew consisted of James A. Lovell, John L. “Jack” Swigert, and Fred W. Haise.
The launch commenced on 11 April 1970 at 13:13 CST. The malfunction manifested two days after the start, as the crew was en route to the Moon. An explosion of an oxygen tank provoked a loss of electricity because the fuel cells that produced electricity ran on oxygen.
The lunar module was ultimately used as a lifeboat during the flight back home.
However, that is just the tip of the iceberg, and most likely, all that you already know.
The Real Problem
As the crew re-entered our planet’s atmosphere, there was a blackout period when the astronauts were unable to communicate with ground control.
The blackout was meant to last for three minutes, but it ended up lasting an additional minute and a half.
During that time gap, mission control was unaware of the astronauts would be able to come back home safely.
That day ended happily, as the astronauts managed to return home safely. The story lives on, as well as Commander Jim Lovell, who recently presented it during an interview.
Trial And Error
Space flight is complicated. Many scientists spent countless hours researching so that the goal of landing on the Moon was completed. However, some precious lives were lost before the space race was over. We can all recall a less successful Apollo mission that ended up in flames.
Therefore, we should be more thankful for all the people who risked their lives for the progress of humanity. Though astronauts might seem like regular people, they went through intensive training and harsh testing to make sure that they are fit to survive the missions they were assigned.