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July 8, 1995
Damage to Apollo 13
Picture Credit: NASA, Crew of Apollo 13
In April of 1970, after an oxygen tank exploded and damaged their
service module, the
astronauts were forced to abandon their plans to make the third manned
lunar landing. The extent of the damage is revealed in this photo,
taken as the crippled module was drifting away - jettisoned prior to
their reentry and eventual safe splashdown. An entire panel on the right
side of the module is seen to have
been blown away and damage to internal structures is apparent.
For more information about the picture see
the NASA photo caption.
A meteoric view of Apollo 13
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