Apollo 13: Survival in space by Jerry Stone

Speaker: Jerry Stone, FBIS
Date: 15 April 2020
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 20:30
Venue: BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

After the first successful manned landing on the Moon, followed by a pinpoint landing within walking distance of Surveyor 3, Apollo 13 was intended to increase the scientific return from the Apollo missions.

However, whilst en route to the Moon, everything was changed by an on-board explosion. The spacecraft was deprived of electrical power, propulsion, oxygen, heating and water.  The lunar landing was abandoned and all efforts were put into a round-the-clock race to bring the crew safely back to Earth.

The drama was followed by people all around the globe as Apollo 13 became the most dangerous situation ever faced by NASA. Would Mission Control be able to work out how to get the astronauts back?  How would the spacecraft cope without power?  Would the crew survive?

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About the author
Jerry Stone is a freelance space presenter, and an acknowledged expert on the Apollo missions.  He is giving a presentation marking the golden anniversary of each of the Apollo missions, going through to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17 in December 2022.

Join us for the 7th in the series of Apollo lectures.

 

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