‘Gripping, detailed stuff for the true space fanatic’
An engineering insight into how NASA saved the crew of the crippled Moon mission
When Apollo 13 was launched on 11 April 1970 nobody could have known that hidden within the millions of components of the 3,000-ton Saturn-Apollo launch vehicle and spacecraft were fundamental flaws that would carry the crew close to death.
Four times previously Apollo astronauts had flown to the Moon and this was to be the third landing. Instead, the flight very nearly turned into a catastrophe, its crew left alone in a lifeless spacecraft doomed to remain in space while oxygen slowly bled away. More...