When an explosion shutdown the main Apollo 13 spacecraft, NASA was put on the edge of a catastrophic disaster. Mission Control had to figure out how to get the astronauts home or they’d be stranded in space.
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Apollo 13's Importance: How Failure Can Lead to Great Success
"Great milestones often follow maelstroms, so to speak. Every aborted rocket launch and every experiment that does not work the way a scientist or engineer anticipates, reminds us that space is hard to master — and that a change in direction is not a failure, but a symbol of discipline and courage."
The unrecognized decision that saved Apollo 13
"The explosion on board Apollo 13 marked the start of one of the greatest rescue missions in human exploration, but the three crewmembers owed their lives to a decision made years previously."
Apollo 13: celebrating the unsung heroes of mission control
"It is unlikely there is anyone who has more appreciation for the work of Nasa’s mission control than Captain Jim Lovell. His Apollo 13 mission was nearly destroyed when an oxygen tank in its main command module exploded. His spaceship was crippled and only narrowly coaxed to a safe return to Earth thanks to his crew’s heroic efforts – and the crucial aid of mission control."
The path to the moon traced a dangerous line of risk and reward. In a race against time, the Apollo Program challenged our scientific capabilities and redefined the boundaries of humanity. To celebrate NASA’s 60 years of exploration, Seeker is going back in time to relive each Apollo mission, taking viewers on a ride to an entirely new world.
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