posted on Apr, 7 2020 @ 04:45 PM
The upcoming 50 th anniversary of the failed Apollo 13 is upon us
The mission launched on April 11, 1970 at 19:13 Universal time (14:13 Eastern ) . During launch excessive vibration caused premature shutdown
of NO 5 engine in S II 2nd stage. The guidance computer able to compensate for the anomaly and the mission continued.
At 56 hours mission time, April 13, which was Friday 13, the Number 2 oxygen tank in the service module exploded. The explosion crippled the
spacecraft by disabling the fuel cells which produced electrical power and water for the spacecraft . Mission Control was able to adapt the lunar
lander (LEM) as a "lifeboat" to provide power, oxygen and rocket power to get the command module and crew back to earth
Here is video by Scott Manley detailing cause of the accident