Did you know that the manned space mission Apollo 13 was launched in 1970 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida? About 60 hours after the launch, one of the oxygen tanks exploded and damaged many systems on the spacecraft. As a result, the astronauts and engineers on Earth had to find creative new ways to clean the air of carbon dioxide, conserve power and resources, and maneuver and operate the spacecraft. After almost 6 days of travel, Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.
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The fuel cells that generated electricity for the Command and Service Module, combined hydrogen and oxygen into water. With the loss of an oxygen tank, the spacecraft could not generate enough electricity. The remaining fuel cell shut down and the spacecraft was forced to run on battery power.
The Apollo spacecraft was manned by 3 astronauts: James Lovell, John Swigert, and Fred Haise.
During the space flight, the module passed the far side of the moon, about 400,000 km from Earth. This was the farthest humans have every traveled from Earth.