Houston, We Have A Problem: The True Story Of Apollo 13 | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Houston, We Have A Problem: The True Story Of Apollo 13

The Apollo 13 mission was supposed to be NASA's third lunar landing, but it was plagued with misfortune from the start. In fact, the crew that got injured, consisting of James Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, was not even the original crew. A few days before takeoff, it was revealed that many of the Apollo astronauts training had been exposed to measles due to an outbreak at their children's school, so Jack Swigert was hired only two days before Ken Mattingly as command module pilot. Had to change lift off.

Still, everything seemed fine at liftoff, typically the most dangerous time for such missions. Things were going smoothly for 56 hours, when the power suddenly went out and the astronauts were startled by a loud bang. They quickly learned, to their fear, that an oxygen tank on board had exploded. It was discovered that during the construction of the spacecraft, the liquid oxygen tank was dropped on the factory floor, damaging delicate internal plumbing. Although it worked once in the instrument test days before launch, by filling the damaged tank with liquid oxygen, they inadvertently replaced it "waiting to go off in a bomb".