18 July 2019
APOLLO 13 EXPLOSION – Apollo 13 Spacecraft Commentary, April 11 – 17, 1970. Houston: NASA/Manned Spacecraft Center.
Complete space to ground transcription of the Moon expedition turned survival mission Apollo 13.
SIGNED and INSCRIBED: "Every word said, (almost)! Fred Haise, Apollo 13 LMP." "Almost" because some communications were not transmitted to Mission Control, although most were successfully retained on the onboard data and voice recorder. The transcript begins with the Public Affairs Office (PAO) announcer in the Apollo/Saturn launch control center at 1 hour 29 minutes before launch. Everything was going according to plan and Apollo 13 launched on time at 2:13 pm EST on 11 April 1970. Page 17/1 marks the instance when the second stage center engine shut down, noticed by Commander Jim Lovell. The other four engines burned longer than planned, then the single third stage engine took over and placed them in orbit, burning some 45 more seconds than planned. They did have enough fuel to successfully leave Earth orbit with that third stage and head toward the Moon.
All was fine for the next 55 hours until page 169/1, when the second most repeated words from space since Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon were transmitted:
Spacecraft: Okay, Houston. Hey, we’ve got a problem here. (Jack Swigert)
CAPCOM: This is Houston, say again please. (Jack Lousma)
Spacecraft: Houston, we’ve had a problem. We’ve had a main B bus interval. (actually under volt) (Jim Lovell)
CAPCOM: Roger, Main B interval (under volt). Okay, stand by 13 we’re looking at it.
Spacecraft: Okay, right now, Houston, the voltage is looking good. And we had a pretty large bang associated with the caution and warning there. And if I recall, Main B was the one that had a amp spike on it once before. (Fred Haise)
CAPCOM: Roger, Fred.
The pages continue through all transmissions on the LM engine burn to get back on a flight path to enable a safe return to Earth plus additional burns to improve that flight path. Efforts to conserve power are discussed plus the drop to very cold temperatures making flight more difficult. The transcript ends with PAO announcements that the crew was recovered after splashdown and on the deck of the USS Iwo Jima awaiting medical check-ups.
8 by 10.5 inches. Over 600 pp. Card stock covers, loose leaf, in a 3-inch spiral binder.
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