Apollo 13 : Module Pilot And Land On The Moon Essay

1471 Words Mar 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Apollo 13, also known as (AS-508), was suppose to be the third mission to land on the moon. The crew on the spacecraft consisted of Fred W. Haise, Jr., lunar Module Pilot, John J. Swigert, Jr., command module pilot, and James A. Lovell, Jr., commander. Launched at 2:13 p.m. on April 11, 1970 from the launched from complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo 13 mission was planned to launched and land on the moon and return back to Earth. Unfortunately, after about 56 hours into their flight, an oxygen tank crippled due to an explosion inside of it. The damages this caused forced the crew to only orbit the moon and head back toward Earth without landing. This was the creation of the now famous line, “Houston we’ve had a problem…” The lunar module (LM) ended up landing on Earth on April 17, 1970 at 1:07 p.m., landing in the Pacific Ocean The overall duration of the mission was 142 hours, 54 minutes, and 41 seconds, with a total of 622,268 miles. Apollo 13 began the first aborted Apollo mission. And the intended landing area on the moon, the Fra Mauro area, later began the landing of Apollo 14. Five minutes after takeoff the crew members felt a vibration. Shortly after the center engine, S-II, stage shut down two too early. Causing the remaining four engines to run 34 seconds longer than planned and the S-IVB burned nine seconds longer to put the ship into orbit. Ground tests performed prior to liftoff indicated that there was a possibility that there was…

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