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 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 15 and Al Worden by Cam

Right now I am reading a book called Falling to Earth and it’s by a man named Al Worden. This particular man is very interesting because of a few things. One of them is that he went to the moon. He was on the flight of Apollo 15 as the command module pilot. Most people, when they hear the name Mike Collins don’t know who he is. He was the CMP for Apollo 11. He was the one that stayed up in the command module while the lunar module went down with Neil and Buzz. Al did the same thing that Mike did but longer. Al also holds a record that no one else has broken. He made a spacewalk farther from Earth than any other person ever.  He went out to make a few repairs to their ship. I would tell you more but the book can do a better job describing than me.

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