These Three Men Have Been Farther Away From Earth Than Anyone Else
The Apollo 13 mission was supposed to land on the moon, but the explosion of an oxygen tank kept the crew from doing so and threatened their lives. Mission Control had to work fast to invent solutions to the problem while the astronauts rapidly lost oxygen and power inside their module. The crew ultimately swung around the far side of the moon on their way back to Earth, which placed them at the farthest distance any humans have ever been from our home planet.
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Key Facts In This Video
On April 14, 1970, an oxygen tank exploded on the Apollo 13 mission. (0:01)
When disaster struck the Apollo 13 mission, Mission Control had to work on solving the problem back on Earth, all while the crew was losing oxygen and power. (1:15)
Mission Control used duct tape, cardboard, plastic, and an old sock to create an "adaptor" that would fit the lunar module's square carbon scrubber into round spare canisters. (2:32)