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Apollo 13 Mission ReportThe Apollo 13 mission, planned as a lunar landing in the Fra Mauro area, was aborted because of an abrupt loss of service module cryogenic oxygen associated with a fire in one of the two tanks at approximately 56 hours. The lunar module provided the necessary support to sustain a minimum operational condition for a safe return to earth. A circumlunar profile was executed as the most efficient means of earth return, with the lunar module providing power and life support until transfer to the command module just prior to entry. Although the mission was unsuccessful as planned, a lunar flyby and several scientific experiments were completed.
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Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Date Acquired
September 2, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1970
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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