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Apollo 13 (Spacecraft)

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Historical Note

Apollo 13 was the seventh crewed mission in NASA’s Apollo space program, and was planned to be the third lunar landing. Crewed by astronauts James A. Lovell, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr., and Fred W. Haise, Jr., it launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970. The lunar landing and mission were aborted after an explosion in the service module caused the loss of two oxygen tanks.

The mission’s failure focused public attention on the space program. All three astronauts survived the landing largely unharmed. The craft orbited for six days before eventually making an emergency landing in the South Pacific on April 17, 1970. It was recovered, and the astronauts rescued, by the USS Iwo Jima.

(Historical note derived from “Apollo 13.” Nasa Content Administrator, NASA. July 8, 2009. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo13.html. "Apollo 13". Wikipedia, Jun 11, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_13.)

Citation

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo13.html

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Concannon, David, 2017 February 22

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Interview Summary Underwater explorer and attorney David Concannon is interviewed about his careers in law, ocean exploration, and artifact recovery. He discusses his experiences in the field of exploration, focusing in particular on his work on the Titanic expeditions of the early 2000s and on the search-and-recovery mission of the Apollo 11 F-1 engines, funded by Bezos Expeditions. He also touches on his involvement in the Explorers Club, the Sea-Space Symposium, and the XPRIZE Foundation. Topics discussed...

Apollo 11 and 13 checklists

 Collection — Box: Assorted rare collections, Box 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2013-03-25
Contents of the Collection The Apollo 11 and 13 checklists is a small collection consisting of only a few documents. The collection includes two checklists: a "P30 manuever data card" from the Apollo 11 mission, 1969, and the "Apollo-13 LM-7 Contingency Checklist," from the Apollo 13 mission, 1970. The pages include handwritten notes by Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell, and Fred Haise. There is also a letter of authenticity accompanying each page, signed by Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and Fred Haise (Apollo 13) respectively. The...

Philip W. Barttels Apollo 13 Recovery Photographs Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2007-08-09
Content Description The Philip W. Barttels Apollo 13 Recovery Photographs Collection is a small collection consisting of images of the recovery of the Apollo 13 Command Module from the Pacific Ocean in 1970. The collection includes ten black-and-white photomechanical prints, one black-and-white photographic print, and five color photographic prints. The images depict the Command Module splashing down, recovery of the Apollo 13 crew and Command Module by U.S. Navy Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King helicopters of HS-4...

George Hage Apollo Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2014-04-03
Overview George Hage was NASA's Deputy Director for the Apollo Program. The 17 total Apollo Programs were designed to send astronauts to photograph, map, and eventually walk on, the moon. The collection contains notes about the production of the lunar orbiters and also photographs and news coverage of the successful Apollo missions.

Michael A. Poirier Apollo 13 Recovery Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2009-04-15
Contents of the Collection The Michael Poirier Apollo 13 Recovery Collection is a small collection comprised of film footage and photomechanical prints relating to the recovery of the Apollo 13 spacecraft by the USS Iwo Jima on April 17 1970. The film footage, which was shot by Poirier and is about ten minutes long, depicts both a SIMEX (simulation exercise) of the Apollo 13 recovery using a boilerplate Command Module (CM), as well as the actual recovery of the real CM. Several shots feature U.S. Navy...

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