Experience Apollo 13 in real-time

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Experience Apollo 13 in real-time

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:53 pm

I've just discovered this site: https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/ which presents an amazingly detailed archive of the mission, including all the individual audio loops along with a wealth of pictures and graphics.
The Oxygen tank explosion takes place at 55hrs 54mins Elapsed Time, but it takes them some minutes to work out that the "problem" is more than an fuel-cell or instrumentation failure.

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Re: Experience Apollo 13 in real-time

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:33 am

At around 90hrs Ground Elapsed Time (which will be Wednesday afternoon our time) they begin talking through the construction of the makeshift adaptor to plug the CM's air-purifying canisters into the Lunar Module (this takes about 3.5 hours before they get it installed).

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Re: Experience Apollo 13 in real-time

Post by rwilkinson » Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:08 pm

This afternoon we'll have the Service Module separation, after which Jim Lovell looks at it out of the window and reports:
there's one whole side of that spacecraft missing!
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And then about 7pm this evening they will be re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. There was some concern that the SM explosion may have damaged the CM's heat-shield which could then have failed on re-entry (just like the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003). So when the radio blackout lasted much longer than expected there were some white knuckles in Mission Control.

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