Apollo 13 failure deemed as a success

Technological advancement has instigated various explorations around the globe ranging from deep-sea exploration, jungle explorations, and extreme weather exploration like the volcanoes and snow-capped mountains. Likewise, technology has led to the discovery of other planets and also transportation of humans to the moon. The first human lunar exploration was by Neil Armstrong, who successfully landed on the moon. Consequently, space exploration has opened the door to further technology that includes satellites which display the geography of the Earth and display detailed information to the people like airstrips, activities undergoing in a given region, and name of persons in the area if connected to the intelligent offices.

However, space exploration has had its share of problems over the years. The Apollo 13 mission almost claimed the lives of the crew members as it experienced hitches 56 hours after the launch. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, noted that their objective five decades ago was to ensure the safe arrival and departure of their astronauts to the moon. He further added that the failure of Apollo 13 presented new challenges and concepts on how to predict and expect hitches while launching to the moon. Jim further explained that the current goal is to travel to the moon and obtain a sustainable method to stay there for a while. Also, Bridenstine added that the initial problems encountered by Apollo 13 had been resolved.

The problem experienced by the spacecraft was observed after the launch. Additionally, in April 1970, the spacecraft launched into space under the governance of John Swigert, the space pilot. However, 56 hours later, after a television broadcast, the three crew members figured a drop in the pressure from the cabin. Swigert went to check on the oxygen tanks, and a loud blast was heard afterward. The bang was caused by short-circuiting from the propellant present in the oxygen tank 2. Likewise, the fan resulted in circuit insulation, resultantly causing the tank explosion. The explosion further caused a rapid drop in power and oxygen levels, jeopardizing the survival of the crew members. The mission of the crew to land on the moon changed as it became a circumstance of survival against the hostile space climate. The team quickly shut down the power module to conserve for a re-entry. Also, they shifted to the lunar module. However, the lunar module was designed to accommodate two astronauts as opposed to the three spacemen present at that time. Nevertheless, the crew members used the facilities that were present to harness the oxygen and create a filtration unit. In the last attempt, they used the lunar module to propel to the moon’s orbit, which would resultantly give them enough thrust to reach the Earth.

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