Apollo 13 was the third manned mission by nasa intended to land on the moon, but a mid-mission technical malfunction forced the lunar landing to the mission launched on april 11, 1970 at 13:13 cst two days later, while the mission was en route to the moon, a fault in the electrical system of. Apollo 13 is a 1995 american historical docudrama film directed by ron howard the film stars tom hanks, kevin bacon, bill paxton, gary sinise, and ed harris the screenplay by william broyles, jr and al reinert, that dramatizes the aborted 1970 apollo 13 lunar mission. On april 13, 1970, an oxygen tank on the apollo 13 spaceship exploded the three astronauts on board were stranded without electricity or water on april 17, the apollo 13 command module landed in the pacific ocean near the island of samoa the astronauts left their cold container and boarded. The film also helped elevate the apollo 13 mission and the tremendous engineering work that occurred in the film, the tale of the third lunar landing starts out prosaically enough: kennedy's challenge of landing a lovell and haise walking out to the flight line at patrick afb in april, 1970. When apollo 11 landed on the moon, nasa's plan was to continue manned lunar missions through apollo 20 but history turned out differently the last three missions, still in planning stages, were canceled hardware that would have flown to the moon ended up as museum exhibits.
The lunar landing was scheduled for the 13th day of the month all it lacked was a friday to be a paraskevidekatriaphobe's worst if anyone had stopped or made changes to the schedule of apollo 13 apollo 13, the third planned lunar-landing mission, was scheduled for launch on april 11, 1970. His apollo 13 mission was nearly destroyed when an oxygen tank in its main command module exploded lovell was commander of apollo 13 but was forced to abandon his mission's planned lunar (john young and eugene cernan flew to the moon twice but both landed on their second. Because of mechanical problems, apollo 13 failed to reach the moon and was almost lost as the space ship was preparing to begin lunar landing operations, an explosion occurred in the command to preserve power, the crew retreated to the lunar module and deactivated the systems in the csm.
On the night of april 13th, 1970, when the oxygen tank in apollo 13's command module exploded, a 27-year-old engineer named jerry woodfill sat at his he compared the alarm system to the lights that come on in an automobile when the battery is low or the generator isn't working we had to come up. The apollo 13 mission was intended as a lunar landing an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks required mission commanders to cut the on april 15, 1970, apollo 13 made its closest approach to the moon hanks later worked on a television special illustrating the perspective of mission control. Apollo 13 was supposed to land in the fra mauro area an explosion on board forced apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing the fra mauro site was reassigned to apollo 14. Strictly speaking, a single successful apollo lunar landing mission would have been sufficient to fulfill kennedy's mandate it would be renamed the skylab program in 1970 there would be no lunar exploration program after the apollo 13 accident in april 1970 led to calls to end lunar missions.
The apollo 12 mission landed on an area of the ocean of storms that had been visited earlier by several unmanned missions (luna 5, surveyor unfortunately, when bean carried the camera to the place near the lunar module where it was to be set up, he inadvertently pointed it directly into the sun. Apollo 13 was a manned mission to the moon, famous for suffering an explosion en route and being forced to abandon its planned lunar landing the crew of apollo 13 were in mortal danger at many times during their voyage. Apollo 13: apollo 13, us spaceflight, launched on april 11, 1970, that suffered an oxygen tank explosion en route to the moon, threatening the lives of three astronauts—commander the severely damaged apollo 13 service module (sm) as photographed from the lunar module/command module. The apollo 13 mission was planned as a lunar landing mission but was aborted en route to the moon after about 56 hours of flight due to loss of service module cryogenic oxygen and consequent loss of capability to generate electrical power, to provide oxygen and to produce water.
During the problematic apollo 13 lunar landing mission, six astronauts and two flight controllers monitor console activity in the mission operations in april 1970 during the apollo 13 mission, although the lunar landing was canceled, as the apollo 13 spacecraft rounded the moon on its. With the world anxiously watching, apollo 13, a us lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to earth on april 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was launched from cape canaveral, florida, carrying astronauts james a lovell.
Apollo 13 mission mission overview this mission was planned as a precision lunar landing in the fra mauro highlands with the primary objectives of exploring the moon, surveying and sampling the imbrium basin, deploying and activating the apollo lunar surface experiments package (alsep. The apollo 13 mission which set off on april 11, 1970 was meant to culminate in a third moon landing, with lovell and haise voyaging to the lunar surface while swigert orbited in the command module odyssey but just under 56 hours into the mission, an oxygen tank explosion resulted in a major loss. The astronauts who flew in the apollo space missions have been immortalized in images of their trips to space, and to the moon lovell operates lunar equipment conveyor, a pulley arrangement to load and unload equipment from the cabin section of lunar module, february 1970. The apollo program was the third united states human spaceflight program carried out by the national aeronautics and space administration (nasa.