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Apollo 13 Manual

An engineering insight into how NASA saved the crew of the crippled Moon mission

By (author) David Baker
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Haynes Publishing Group, Somerset, United Kingdom
Imprint: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
Published: 13th Sep 2013
Dimensions: w 209mm h 275mm d 14mm
Weight: 890g
ISBN-10: 0857333879
ISBN-13: 9780857333872
Barcode No: 9780857333872
On 13 April 1970, Apollo 13 suffered a near-catastrophic explosion. The planned lunar landing was instantly called off and the new challenge was to get the spacecraft safely back to Earth. When the carbon dioxide in the three astronauts' exhaled breath threatened to asphyxiate them, the crew improvised a filter device, which had been tested in Mission Control, to make the air breathable. Only hours before hurtling back into the atmosphere did they power up the Apollo spacecraft again - not knowing if it had been fatally damaged in the explosion. Here is the in-depth, inside technical story of how a potential disaster became NASA's finest hour, told by a member of the team working in Mission Control during the crisis to ensure the astronauts' safety.

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