On this day in 1970, the world anxiously waited for Apollo 13 to return to earth. The U.S lunar spacecraft had been severely damaged due to a malfunction on it’s April 11th journey to the moon. It was the third manned lunar landing mission to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Carrying three astronauts aboard, disaster struck two days into the mission and 200,000 miles away from Earth.
Oxygen tank No. 2 blew up, disrupting the spacecraft’s normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light and water. The landing mission was abandoned as controllers on earth worked with the astronauts on board to come up with an emergency plan. The crippled spacecraft circled the moon and then began a stressful, long, and cold journey back to Earth.
They were faced with enormous logistical problems to include stabilizing the vessel, regulating air supply, providing enough energy to allow for successful reentry, navigation challenges, and … Read more »Continue