Apollo 13 by Ian L

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 The beginning of the movie started off normally. I didn’t even know that something was going wrong. The part was funny, but I felt really bad for Ken Mattingly who didn’t get to go to the moon, because they thought he had the measles. The main character is Jim Lovell. When they get into space there is many scenes showing the zero-gravity and how the astronauts mess around in it. When they are near the moon, Mission Control instructs them to make a routine oxygen tank shift. When Jack does this, the tank blows up, and damages the ship. Their oxygen is running out and Mission control must find a way to get them back to earth in time. Luckily, they make it back to earth and survive reentry. This mission was called a successful failure because they survived, but never touched down on the moon.

Apollo 13 by: Forbes, Audrey, and Cat

Today in class we watched the movie Apollo 13. The reason why we watched this was because we were reading Cosmic, and Cosmic relates to space traveling. There were some differences and some similarities. The similarities were the way that they got back to earth. They also both went to space in a rocket, and as we quote…. “Every mission has a glitch.” Another similarity is that there was only one person who vomited on each mission. Now we are going to explain some of the differences between the two missions. The biggest difference is that on Apollo there were three adults, and on Cosmic there were five children on the rocket. The Cosmic people denied all knowledge of the mission, while Apollo 13 is a very famous mission. The last difference is that Apollo 13’s crew were trained astronauts, but Cosmic  was a controlled rocket meaning the children did not have to control the flight. Personally, we preferred Apollo 13, but both were just LOVELY!

Rocket launching into the sky

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Apollo 13: Davis C

This whole week in L.A class we watched Apollo 13, it was a good movie about the space trip to the moon, well not really. They had tons of problems on their trip in which they had to survive in. The movie was adventurous and a suspenseful movie. I did feel bad for the man that could not go on the shuttle and I felt worse that he died before he was going to go to congress.  I would recommend it to anyone except there are some bad words in there, but I don’t think you shouldn’t watch this just because of that.

I got this picture from:http://www.flickr.com/photos/90365119@N00/311214627. It is a picture of the moon.

Apollo 13 Summary By Gus

Apollo 13. The unluckiest space flight not on a space shuttle. Three astronauts who are on a spaceship (Aquarius), have a major malfunction on their original, simple, moon flight. About ten minutes after liftoff, an engine bursts, doing nothing, but that will later endanger the astronauts. When Houston (command center) tells one of the astronauts to stir the oxygen tanks, a side panel bursts and all of a sudden the astronauts are losing all their life support. Not only are their life supports gone, but they have hardly any energy and can’t see the Earth. To make matters even worse, one of the astronauts gets very sick, and is too weak to do much. It looked like to me that 13 is truly an unlucky number.

While the astronauts are not only out of energy, the carbon dioxide levels are increasing majorly. Just seconds before blackout, the astronauts create a replacement filter for the one that was destroyed. One thing that I find amazing is that the sick astronaut ripped the bag, so the others had to use a SOCK to fix it. Houston finds a way to get back to Earth by using the moon’s gravity to hurl them back towards Earth. While this works, they encounter ANOTHER challenge. Since the engines were very powerful, the spaceship was hurtling in all different directions. Finally, with three seconds till energy ran out, the pilot managed to get in the exact position.

But this wasn’t easy. Imagine the Earth as a basketball and the Moon as a softball. The spaceship would have to hit a section of the earth no wider than a piece of paper just to get in the atmosphere, and they would have to hit a place on the Earth less than the size of a pinhead (not the real Earth, but the basketball). The final incredible thing is that the spaceship didn’t hit the water until after 2 minutes than the average time. Nobody has reentered that slow ever.



Apollo 13 By: Isha and Christy

The movie Apollo 13 is about three astronauts going to walk on the moon. Then something goes wrong – really wrong. The astronauts have to figure out how to get back. In the book Cosmic, the exact same thing happens. Liam and the children don’t do what they were supposed to and the spaceship went out of orbit. In both stories, they use free-return trajectory to get back to Earth. In Cosmic, however, they do get to land on the moon, whereas in Apollo 13 they do not get to land on the moon. While one is fictional and the other true, these stories – one a movie and another a book – are both extremely suspenseful. We recommend them.

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Apollo 13 By Mariana R and Aishwarya J

The movie Apollo 13 is about a crew that goes up into space to walk on the moon. While they are checking all the equipment (while they are in space) and then one of the oxygen tanks exploded and damaged half of the module. That made them have a bunch of problems which leads them to not being able to land on the moon. They have to go around the moon to go back to Earth. They have to brake away from the command  module by turning off all the computers and they loose most of the power. When they are close enough to Earth they turn their computers back on to help them get back safely to Earth. Then when they were supposed to land into the ocean they landed 2 minutes late. They had no communication what so ever while they were coming into Earth. People on Earth were holding their breaths waiting for then to land in the ocean. The families were really worried. Then finally they landed and they were safe. The tragic event has made us learn important things and how to improve our trips to the moon.


The moon

The moon


Apollo 13 By Marta

During ERB week, in LA we watched the movie Apollo 13, which is a historical event in space history. It started with the main commander of the spacecraft being chosen for the task. They then spend six months training in under water simulators, until T minus sixteen seconds when they LIFT OFF! After a couple of days in space, one of the oxygen tanks explode, and they at grave risk. In order for the crew on the Apollo 13 spacecraft to have enough oxygen and power now to get home safely, they no longer can walk on the moon. The Mission Control back on Earth tells them that in order to get home safely, they must abort the mission. The crew is devastated, but they still are focused on the task at hand: to GET HOME! The families of the crew are all VERY worried for their relative’s life. Then, they must encounter many risky situations of not enough power, or too much carbon dioxide and not enough breathable air. But, at the end, they survive reentry, but land in the South Pacific Ocean, where rescue ships and helicopters wait to get them on board to their homes. Overall, I nominate this movie a real treat for the family!!


Apollo 13 Command Module recovery after splashdown April 17, 1970 by DesertBlooms


What Went Wrong On Apollo 13 By: Ashwin S.

Apollo 13 Takeoff

Apollo 13 Takeoff From Wikimedia Commons

We just finished a movie called Apollo 13 because in the book we just read called Cosmic they get back to earth using the way Apollo 13’s crew got back to earth. I did some research and this is what I found out, that caused the problem on Apollo 13.

First off Mission Control had requested that the crew stir the oxygen tanks, a task required to prevent the oxygen ‘slush’ from stratifying. The Teflon-insulated wires that provided electricity to the stirrer motor were damaged, causing a large fire when electricity was passed through them. The fire heated the surrounding oxygen, increasing the pressure inside the tank above its nominal 1,000 PSI (7 MPa) limit, and causing the tank to explode. The cause of the explosion was unknown at the time, however, and the crew and Houston conjectured that a meteoroid had struck the SM or even the Lunar Module (LM).

This explosion caused damage to other parts of the Service Module, including, critically, the number one oxygen tank. Because the Command/Service Module(CSM) relied on the oxygen tanks to generate electricity, damage to number one tank meant that very little power was available for the spacecraft. The Command Module (CM) contained batteries for use during re-entry, after the SM was jettisoned, but these would only last about ten hours. Because this power needed to be saved for re-entry, the crew survived by using the LM, still attached to the CSM, as a “lifeboat”. The LM “lifeboat” procedure had actually been created during a training simulation (in the simulator) not long before the flight of Apollo 13.

The Successful Failure (Apollo 13) by Josh K

I just finished watching the movie Apollo 13 in class. It is by far the best movie I have ever seen. It really touched me in a way. I can’t explain it. I was nearly in tears watching it. I knew about it before and how the oxygen tank exploded. In more detail, on day three of a successful launch the oxygen tank exploded causing lots of debris and many, many issues. Some of them include carbon dioxide damage, oxygen leak, power outage, possible frozen parachutes, and being off of course. Those were just some of the major issues. Apollo 13 never did land on the moon but the most touching part is the way thousands of people worked without sleep to get the men home. Up until then no American had died in space and Houston was not about to let that happen. It seems absolutely amazing that these astronauts made it home. This a good example of how thousands of people can make things happen. The movie is awe-inspiring and is a must-see. I don’t have words for it. What happened on Apollo 13 is truly unfathomable.

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Apollo 13, By Ethan G

Apollo 13 is a tragic story of three astronauts that almost died in space. But failure was not an option. The pilot was ordered to stir the oxygen tanks. There was a defect in oxygen tank 2. It caused an explosion which knocked an entire side of  the rocket. The heat shield and the batteries were damaged. They only had 20 amps left to run the reentry sequence. They exited reentry one and a half minutes late. It is considered NASA’s greatest achievement getting the Apollo 13 command module back home. It demonstrates great american ingenuity to get the successful failure back down to earth.