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The Apollo 13 Command Module “Odyssey” is on display at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Apollo 13 Mission

Apollo 13 was the seventh crewed mission in the Apollo space program and the third meant to land on the Moon. The craft was launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank in the service module (SM) failed two days into the mission. The crew instead looped around the Moon, and returned safely to Earth on April 17. The mission was commanded by Jim Lovell with Jack Swigert as command module (CM) pilot and Fred Haise as lunar module (LM) pilot. Swigert was a late replacement for Ken Mattingly, who was grounded after exposure to rubella.

A routine stir of an oxygen tank ignited damaged wire insulation inside it, causing an explosion that vented the contents of both of the SM’s oxygen tanks to space. The CM’s systems had to be shut down to conserve its remaining resources for reentry, forcing the crew to transfer to the LM as a lifeboat.

Although the LM was designed to support two men on the lunar surface for two days, Mission Control in Houston improvised new procedures so it could support three men for four days. The crew experienced great hardship caused by limited power, a chilly and wet cabin and a shortage of potable water. There was a critical need to adapt the CM’s cartridges for the carbon dioxide removal system to work in the LM; the crew and mission controllers were successful in improvising a solution. The astronauts’ peril briefly renewed public interest in the Apollo program; tens of millions watched their splashdown in the South Pacific Ocean on television on April 17, 1970.

PDF Contents

Mission Overview
  • Prelaunch Mission Operations Report 1970
  • PressKit (Restored)
  • Crew Training Summary 1969
  • Flight Plan original
  • Flight Plan revised
  • MSFN Mission Configuration System Description 1970
  • Lunar Trajectory Notes
Saturn V & Launch
  • Saturn V Flight Evaluation Report
  • Saturn V Postflight Trajectory Analysis 1970
Crew & Communications
  • CM On-Board Voice Transcript
  • PAO Spacecraft Commentary
  • Technical Air-to-Ground Transcript
  • Oral History – Fred Haise
  • Oral History – James Lovell
CSM & Trans Lunar Activities
  • CSM Launch Checklist
  • Stowage List
  • CSM G+C Checklist
  • G&N Dictionary
  • GNC Systems Performance Analysis
Lunar Module & Lunar Activities
  • ALSEP Mission Rules
  • CDR Cuff Checklist
  • Experiments Photography Summary 1970
  • LM Activation Checklist
  • LM Battery Anomaly 1970
  • LM Contingency Checklist
  • LM Data Card Book 1970
  • LM Data Card Book
  • LM Test Checkout Plan 1968
  • LM Test Checkout Requirements 1968
  • Lunar Exploration Experiments & Photography Summary
Photography & Video
  • Color Television Camera
  • Westinghouse TV Cameras
  • Westingthouse Press Release
  • Photographic & TV Procedures
Entry & Landing
  • CSM Entry Checklist
Mission Debrief
  • Case Study Part 1 and 2
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control Challenges
  • High Gain Antenna Acquisition Problem 1970
  • LiOH Canister Breakthrough Test
  • Mission Operations Report 1970
  • Mission Report 1970-03
  • Mission Report 1970-09
  • MSFN Article Bill Wood
  • Panel Separation Analysis 1970
  • Postlaunch Mission Operations Report 1970
  • Technical Crew Debriefing 1970
Accident Investigation
  • Report of Apollo 13 Review Board
  • Report of Apollo 13 Review Board Appendix A
  • Report of Apollo 13 Review Board Appendix B-E
  • Report of Apollo 13 Review Board Appendix F-H
  • Report Summaries
  • Panel 1 – Vol 1. Anomaly Investigation
  • Panel 1 – Vol 2. Manufacturing & Test History of Oxygen Tank
  • Panel 1 – Vol 3. Special Analyses & Tests
  • Panel 2 – Flight Crew Observations
  • Panel 3 – Flight Operations & Network
  • Panel 4 – Photo Handling, Processing, Cataloguing
  • Panel 5a – Corrective Action CSM
  • Panel 5b – Corrective Action LM
  • Panel 5c – Corrective Action Gov. Equipment
  • Panel 6 – Related Systems Vol 1. Summary
  • Panel 6 – Related Systems Vol 2. LM
  • Panel 6 – Related Systems Vol 3. CSM
  • Panel 6 – Related Systems Vol 4. Gov. Equipment
  • Panel 7 – Reaction Processes
  • Panel 8 – High Pressure Oxygen Systems
  • Panel 8 – High Pressure Oxygen Systems, Addendum 1
  • Panel 9 – Safety, Reliability, Quality Assurance
  • Panel 11 – Administration, Communications, and Procurement
  • Cryo Oxygen Tank 2 Anomaly
  • High Gain Acquisition Problem
  • Mission Operation Report – Prelaunch
  • 5 Day Report
  • 30 Day Report
  • Mission Report
  • Mission Report Change Document

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"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." - President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961