25 April 2010

The damage to Apollo 13

"After an oxygen tank exploded and crippled their service module, the Apollo 13 astronauts were forced to abandon plans to make the third manned lunar landing. The extent of the damage is revealed in this grainy, grim photo, taken as the service module was drifting away, jettisoned only hours prior to the command module's reentry and splashdown. An entire panel on the side of the service module has been blown away and extensive internal damage is apparent."
I have seen the movie, but this photo is new to me.  Wow.

Text and photo via APOD.

1 comment:

  1. "The Lost Moon" by Jim Lovell is the book that the movie was based on. I've read it twice.


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