APOLLO 13 SPACE EDUCATORS' RESOURCES

Click here for the excellent NASA 1970 Publication EP-76 Apollo 13 - "Houston, we've got a problem." [No longer in print but available here in html format]. For the .pdf version click here.

APOLLO 13 HEADLINE

SPACECRAFT DAMAGE

Above is a view of the devastating damage to the Apollo 13 service module after an oxygen tank exploded on April 13, 1970 at a distance of more than 200,000 miles from Earth.


APOLLO 13 SPACE EDUCATORS' HANDBOOK RESOURCES

The popularity of the movie APOLLO 13 among students provides teachers with a learning tool. NASA's Apollo 13 educational resources are available for lessons about space technology. This home page links to items contained in the SPACE EDUCATORS' HANDBOOK about Apollo 13. No links on this page are remote to the SPACE EDUCATORS' HANDBOOK site.


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Since 1989 the SPACE EDUCATORS' HANDBOOK has featured an

electronic digital comic book about the APOLLO 13 RESCUE.


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What if the Wright Brothers found themselves stranded aboard Apollo 13? Having only the knowledge available to them from their education of that era, how might they have determined their distance from Earth at the moment of the explosion?

Click here for an investigation into the Wright Brother's Apollo 13 Challenge.


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Read the account given by Jim Lovell of the Apollo 13 rescue in April of 1970.


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Grumman, the maker of the craft which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts, sent a "bogus" bill for a tow charge to the makers of the crippled command and service module.


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Morph of Jack Swigert into Original Apollo 13 Crew Photo

13  Crew Morph

Movie of Astronaut Jack Swigert Replacing Astronaut Ken Mattingly in Official NASA Photo of the Apollo 13 Crew (1800K)

Called "NASA's Finest Hour," the rescue of the stranded Apollo 13 astronauts the week of April 11-17, 1970 is unique in the history of manned spaceflight. Because original command module pilot T.K. Mattingly was exposed to measles, he was replaced a few days prior to launch by astronaut Jack Swigert. This left no time for another official crew photograph with Swigert instead of Mattingly. Through the technology of morphing, the above movie shows an altered official crew photo which includes the actual Apollo 13 command module pilot Jack Swigert. Listen carefully to the audio which accompanies the movie. Should the Hollywood production APOLLO 13 have quoted Commander Jim Lovell as saying, "Houston, we have a problem?"


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THE MODIFIED CO2 FILTER

CO2 FILTER

Movie of the modified CO2 filter which allowed a "square peg to fit into a round hole." (459K)

Removal of Carbon Dioxide was a concern. There were enough lithium hydroxide canisters, which remove carbon dioxide from the spacecraft, but the square canisters from the Command Module were not compatible with the round openings in the Lunar Module environmental system. There were four cartridge from the LM, and four from the backpacks, counting backups. However, the LM was designed to support two men for two days and was being asked to care for three men nearly four days. After a day and a half in the LM a warning light showed that the carbon dioxide had built up to a dangerous level. Mission Control devised a way to attach the CM canisters to the LM system by using plastic bags, cardboard, and tape- all materials carried on board. (by James A. Lovell, from Apollo Expeditions to the Moon, edited by Edgar M. Cortright, NASA SP; 350, Washington, DC, 1975 )


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APOLLO 13 DAMAGE

SPACECRAFT DAMAGE

Movie and audio of Jim Lovell and the Apollo 13 crew surveying the damaged service module. (319K)

Four hours before landing, the crew shed the service module; Mission Control had insisted on retaining it until then because everyone feared what the cold of space might do to the unsheltered CM heat shield. Photos of the Service Module showed one whole panel missing, and wreckage hanging out, it was a sorry mess as it drifted away. (by James A. Lovell, from Apollo Expeditions to the Moon, edited by Edgar M. Cortright, NASA SP; 350, Washington, DC, 1975 )


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APOLLO 13 NASA FULL LENGTH MOVIE

APOLLO 13 RESCUE

Click here for a NASA movie about the Apollo 13 rescue. This movie depicts much of the rescue of Apollo 13. It is about 30 minutes in length. The file is a 7.5 megabyte .asf type which plays under Internet Explorer with the Media Player 7.0 or later video plug in.


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EARLIER APOLLO 13 TELEVISION MOVIE

Another movie filmed at NASA featured Apollo 13. The made for television movie was called, "Houston, We've Got a Problem."


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