Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim LovellApril 1970. The glory days of the Apollo space program. NASA send Commander Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on Americas fifth mission to the moon.
Only fifty-five hours into the flight, disaster strikes. A mysterious explosion rocks the ship. Its oxygen and power begin draining away. Lovell and his crew watch as the cockpit grows darker, the air grows thinner, and the instruments wink out one by one.
In this tale of astonishing courage, brilliant improvisation and thrilling adventure, the reader is transported right into the capsule during one of the worst disasters in the history of space exploration.
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But disaster struck on the way to the moon, and the lunar landing was scrapped. See Apollo 13's epic mission of survival from start to finish in this slideshow. Lovell, Jr. In front of Lovell is a gnomon and behind him to the right is a tool carrier. Apollo 13 lunar module pilot, astronaut Fred W.
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Apollo 13 was the seventh crewed mission in the Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, , from Kennedy Space Center KSC , but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank in the service module SM failed two days into the mission. The crew instead looped around the Moon, and returned safely to Earth on April 17, Swigert was a late replacement for the original CMP Ken Mattingly , who was grounded after exposure to rubella. The oxygen tank failure was caused by accidental ignition of damaged wire insulation inside it during a routine tank stirring operation. The SM soon lost all of its oxygen, needed for breathing and for generating electrical power.
On April 11, , NASA launched the Apollo 13 mission to send three astronauts to the moon and mark the third manned lunar landing. The mission aimed to send commander Jim Lovell and lunar module pilot Fred Haise to the lunar surface, while command module pilot Jack Swigert remained in orbit. But on April 13, the mission suffered a crippling explosion that would nearly doom the spaceflight and its crew. Apollo 13's crew trained for making the first landing in the Fra Mauro lunar highlands, which appear brighter than the flat plains, or "maria," where the earlier two Apollo missions landed. But Apollo 13 carried an oxygen tank with a troubled history. The tank had been damaged in testing, but the spacecraft builders were not aware of a problem. The cylindrical service module had six pie-slice sectors.