'Apollo 13' 50th anniversary: Relive the final moment in real-time
New York : If you like to experience space activities and have keen interest in the space projects then here is your chance to relive one of the most important space events.
'Apollo 13' can be experienced in real-time with the help of streaming audio and videos from the spacecraft on its 50th anniversary. It was launched on April 11, 1970.
You will be able to experience the mission uncertainties and hope which loomed until the crew made it back to the earth.
The failure of the mission was traced down to a short-circuit failure that ignited one of the Service Module’s oxygen tanks, and led to important design changes that ensured future Apollo missions went smoothly.
It is an example on text books showcasing the struggle and presence of mind astronauts showed during their day long struggle to return home.
The choice of a path around the Moon, the improvised rig for removing CO2 and reentry challenges (such as figuring out how to separate the Command and Lunar Modules) required on-the-spot coordination.
The mission holds its importance as it became a landmark example that helped in improved missions afterwards. It also helped in regenerating the interest of people in Moon missions.
Officials, however, weren’t so thrilled. Apollo 13 helped fuel growing calls to cut the program short, and NASA eventually scrapped two planned missions.
If you set the website's ground elapsed time clock to 55:44:15, you can hear Lovell giving a TV tour of the spacecraft: "This little tape recorder has been a big benefit to us in passing some of our time away on our transit to the moon. It's rather odd to see it floating like this in Odyssey while it's playing the theme from 2001. And of course the tapes wouldn't be complete without Aquarius."
Eleven minutes later, the explosion occurs. At 55:55:35, Lovell famously tells NASA controllers, "Houston, we've had a problem."