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Space Rocket History #277 – Apollo 13 – Approaching the Moon

11/8/2018
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“They’re all coming out,” Swigert said, straining for a glimpse through Lovell’s window. “You said it,” Lovell said. “There’s Nunki, there’s Antares. We may have enough here for that confidence check.”

Duration:00:31:04

Space Rocket History #276 – Apollo 13 – Minimizing Power – Part 3

10/31/2018
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According to the profiles Bill Peters and his electrical specialists calculated, it was possible to power the LEM with just 12 amps. Under normal conditions it needed about 55 amps of current to run.

Duration:00:33:35

Space Rocket History #275 – Apollo 13 – Minimizing Power – Part 2

10/24/2018
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“The first burn, Griffin explained, would be a long one. Pushing the descent throttle all the way to the full position, Lovell would leave it there for more than six minutes before shutting the engine down. This maneuver, which for … Continue reading →

Duration:00:35:29

Space Rocket History #274 – Apollo 13 – Minimizing Power – Part 1

10/17/2018
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Electricity was in short supply. A fully functioning, up-and running LEM required about 55 amps of current to operate.

Duration:00:30:50

Space Rocket History #273 – Apollo 13 – Free Return – Part 3

10/10/2018
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Lovell toggled the “master arm” switch to On and glanced around to see if everything else was in order. Guidance control was set to “Primary Guidance”; thrust control was on “Auto”; engine gimbals were enabled; the propellant quantity, temperature, and … Continue reading →

Duration:00:32:25

Space Rocket History #272 – Apollo 13 – Free Return – Part 2

10/3/2018
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Aquarius, can you see any stars yet?

Duration:00:32:52

Space Rocket History #271 – Apollo 13 – Free Return – Part 1

9/26/2018
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Kraft wanted to fire the descent engine now, get the ship back on its free-return slingshot course, and when it emerged from behind the moon and reached the PC+2 point, execute any maneuvers that might be required to refine the … Continue reading →

Duration:00:34:30

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #183 – Apollo 9 – Lunar Module Maneuvers Part 4

9/20/2018
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When Scott tried to release the lunar module, he did not hold the button long enough so the lander got hung on the capture latches.

Duration:00:42:47

Space Rocket History #270 – Apollo 13 – The News Breaks

9/13/2018
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Cronkite did not look good. He called Schirra over and thrust a sheet of wire-service copy at him. Schirra scanned the text hurriedly, and with each sentence his heart sank. This was bad. This was worse than bad. This was … Continue reading →

Duration:00:35:48

Space Rocket History #269 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 4

9/5/2018
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EECOM, Sy Liebergot looked away from his monitor; the end, he knew, was at last here. Liebergot, through no fault of his own, was about to become the first flight controller in the history of the manned space program to … Continue reading →

Duration:00:32:40

Space Rocket History #268 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 3

8/29/2018
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As near as Lovell could tell, it would be a while before the ship’s endgame would play out. He had no way of calculating the leak rate in the tank, but if the moving needle was any indication, he had … Continue reading →

Duration:00:32:50

Space Rocket History #267 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 2

8/23/2018
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By the time Flight Director Kranz heard Lovell’s report, of “Houston, we’ve had a problem. ” three controllers had reported related problems. Kranz was wondering which problem Lovell was reporting, as he started relaying the long list of warning indications … Continue reading →

Duration:00:29:50

Space Rocket History #266 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 1

8/16/2018
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Swigert: I believe we’ve had a problem here! CapComm: This is Houston. Say again, please. Lovell: Houston, we’ve had a problem.

Duration:00:32:44

Space Rocket History #265 – Apollo 13 – Translunar Coast – The Calm Before the Storm

8/9/2018
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As Lovell prepared for the thruster adjustments, Haise finished closing down the LEM and drifted through the tunnel back toward the command module and Swigert threw the switch to stir all 4 cryogenic tanks.

Duration:00:33:02

Space Rocket History #264 – Apollo 13 – Orbit, Translunar Injection, Docking, and Extraction

7/31/2018
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Milt Windier’s team at mission control quickly reviewed the status of the remaining four engines, ran the computations for the new engine cutoff times, and passed them to the crew.

Duration:00:30:51

Space Rocket History #263 – Apollo 13 – The Launch

7/25/2018
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During the Apollo era, North American-Downey built the Apollo Command & Service Module. After each completed spacecraft, Nasa conducted formal reviews of the build paper work before each vehicle was accepted for flight.

Duration:00:35:35

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #169 – Apollo 8 – Christmas 1968

7/18/2018
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Bill Anders: “We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.” “‘In the beginning God created the heaven and … Continue reading →

Duration:00:41:24

Space Rocket History #262 – Apollo 13 – Commander Jim Lovell

7/11/2018
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Lovell completed four space flights and is one of only three men to travel to the Moon twice. Lovell accrued over 715 hours spent in space, and he saw a total of 269 sunrises from space on his Gemini and … Continue reading →

Duration:00:33:02

Space Rocket History #261 – Apollo 13 – Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise

7/5/2018
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At thirty-six, Haise was the youngest member of the crew of Apollo 13, and his black hair and angular features made him seem younger still.

Duration:00:35:08

Space Rocket History #260 – Apollo 13 – Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert

6/27/2018
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John Leonard Swigert Jr. aka Jack Swigert was born on August 30, 1931 in Denver, Colorado to parents John Leonard Sr. and Virginia Swigert.

Duration:00:34:01