Monday, April 12, 2010

The part of Apollo 13 that made it to the Moon


At least part of the Apollo 13 Saturn stack made it to the Moon, around the time Jim Lovell (on his second trip to the lunar vicinity) Rusty Swigert and Fred Haise were swinging around the Moon, preparing to use the Lunar Module descent stage to accelerate into an Earthbound re-entry window, the 3rd Stage that had propelled them out of Earth orbit slammed into the Moon. The guided impact successfully tested the seismometer left by Conrad & Bean the previous November. The SIVB came in at a steep angle (73 degrees), spreading a field of debris kilometers away, as seen in the smaller scale inset from LROC Narrow-Angle Camera image M109420042LE [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

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