Jettisoned Apollo 13 service module, 1970

Jettisoned Apollo 13 service module, 1970


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Jettisoned Apollo 13 service module. View from the command module (partly seen at lower left) of the damaged service module (SM, upper right) near the end of the aborted Apollo 13 lunar mission of April 1970. Two days into this mission, an oxygen tank exploded and damaged the service module. The crew of three survived in the lunar module section for four days as the spacecraft passed behind the Moon and back towards Earth. They then re-powered the command module, jettisoned the service module and lunar module, and successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere for a safe splashdown. Photographed on 17 April 1970.

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