• Short Summary

    The lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts were threatened by a serious oxygen leak late Monday night (13 April) and they were forced to evacuate their command ship and use their intended moon-landing craft as a "lifeboat" for a fast return to earth.

  • Description

    The lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts were threatened by a serious oxygen leak late Monday night (13 April) and they were forced to evacuate their command ship and use their intended moon-landing craft as a "lifeboat" for a fast return to earth. The lunar landing mission was cancelled and the astronauts are now expected to make an emergency splashdown in the Pacific Ocean about noon on Friday (April 17). If there are any changes either induced or accidental it is thought that the landing would be noon on Thursday or midnight on Friday, but they have not said which ocean.

    In a hastily called news conference in Houston, Christopher Kraft, deputy director of the Manned spacecraft Centre, said: "I think their chances are excellent at the moment, assuming their lunar module operates all right." He refused to speculate as to exactly what caused the difficulty; but James McDivitt, former astronaut and current spacecraft manager, did concede that the trouble was caused by a "very violent thing" and said that a meteoroid hit was a possibility.

    The currently planned 62-hour return to earth is the shortest possible. The lunar module, although designed primarily for landing on the moon, was said to have enough oxygen and enough storage-battery electricity to see the three men through the emergency.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABUT9UYP8L44P4HBA8MWO44R4S
    Media URN:
    VLVABUT9UYP8L44P4HBA8MWO44R4S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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