Apollo 13 "Houston, we've got a problem."

The following document is a web version of the out-of-print NASA document EP-76. The html version was created by Jerry Woodfill of the Johnson Space Center's Automation, Robotics, and Simulation Division for the Space Educators' Handbook.

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damaged Apollo assemblage of Command ship and lunar lander 
rescue ship with rescue ship's descent engine firing

Contents and Pictures

Page 2 James A. Lovell, Jr., Apollo 13 Commander.
Fred W. Haise, Jr., Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot
John L. Swigert, Jr., Apollo 13 Command Module Pilot.
Page 3 Astronauts and flight controllers anxiously monitor consoles during the Apollo 13 mission.
Page 4 Dressing for launch: foreground to read, Lovell, Swigert and Haise.
Apollo 13 astronauts move out from transfer van.
Page 5 Launch of Apollo 13
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Page 7 Swigert in Odyssey during color telecast of April 12.
Page 8 Diagram of the Apollo spacecraft.
Page 9 Cutaway view of the Lunar Module.
Page 10 Mission Control at Houston during the problem-plagued Apollo 13 flight.
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Page 12 The Ill-Fated Odyssey of Apollo 13.(Mission Profile 1)
Page 13 The Ill-Fated Odyssey of Apollo 13.(Mission Profile 2)
Page 14 The Moon from Apollo 13.
Page 15 Italian press reaction was typical of world-wide concern.
Page 16 Aquarius points the way to distant Earth. The visible rocket nozzle is part of the Aquarius Reaction Control System.
Flight controllers view prototype of the "do-it-yourself" lithium hydrozide unit that Apollo 13 astronauts constructed following directions from the ground. The apparatus enabled Aquarius to utilize lithium hydroxide canisters from the crippled Odyssey.
Page 17 The do-it-yourself unit in Aquarius to utilize lithium hydroxide canisters from the crippled Odyssey.
Jury-rigged urine disposal system. Swigert at right.
Page 18 Haise sleeps in Aquarius. He restrained his hands so that his arms would not flop about in weightless space environment.
Lovell sleeps in Aquarius.
Page 19 Lovell's "grand oasis in the vastness of space" beckons to the homebound travelers.
Page 20 The crippled Service Module drifts away from the Command Module after jettison.
Service Module just after jettison shows its seriously damaged side to astronauts.
Separation of the never-flown-before Command Module/Lunar Module configuration from the crippled Service Module.
Page 21 Separation sequence of Aquarius and Odyssey prior to reentry.
"Farewell, Aquarius, and we thank you."
Page 22 Officials join flight controllers in monitoring Apollo 13 flight. From left: Thomas H. McMullen, Assistant Mission Director; Dale D. Myers, Associate Administrator, Office of Manned Space Flight; Chester M. Lee, Mission Director; and Dr. Rocco Petrone, Apollo Program Director.
Odyssey drifts down through cloudy skies.
Page 23 Splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
Apollo 13 astronauts wait in life raft for pick up by helicopter.
Page 24 Mission Control after astronauts are safe on the recovery ship. Lovell, on screen, welcomed by the crew of primary recovery vessel, the USS Iwo Jima.
Page 25 President Nixon awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to flight directors who helped bring Apollo 13 safely home. Left to right: Flight Directors Glynn S. Lunney, Eugene F. Kranz, Gerald Griffin and Milton L. Windler; Director of Flight Operations Sigurd A. Sjoberg. Seated at left are Mrs. Nixon and Dr. Thomas O. Paine, NASA Administrator.
The astronauts and President Nixon, after ceremonies in which they were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Left to right: Haise, Lovell, the President and Swigert.
Page 26 The Apollo 13 Emblem


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