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Friday, April 09, 2010

Apollo 13 - Launched April 11, 1970 - 40 years past

The 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission is coming up and Colin Mackellar gave me a heads up. Thanks Colin.
- LRK -

Apollo 13 Mission

Apollo 13 was the thirteenth in a series of missions using Apollo-specification flight hardware and was to be the third lunar landing. The launch vehicle and spacecraft were similar to those of Apollo 12. There were some differences in the makeup of the ALSEP.


The space vehicle was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 2:13:00 p.m. EST on April 11, 1970. During the launch, the second-stage inboard engine shut down early because of high-amplitude longitudinal oscillations; however, near-nominal trajectory parameters were achieved at orbital insertion. The Earth-orbital and translunar injection phases went as planned.


Here is what Colin sent me.and I am passing to you for your remembering.
- LRK -

Hi Larry,

With the Apollo 13 40th anniversary coming up this week, I've added new material to the Honeysuckle website - and most interestingly (to me, anyway) is audio from onboard the ARIA which acquired the spacecraft after it’s longer-than-usual re-entry blackout.

The audio was recorded by the Mission Co-ordinator, David Dunn, and he has only just digitized his tapes.

As well as the full 70 minutes of his tapes, I have online a "mix" file, where I combined the first 15 minutes of his file (on the left channel) and other audio I had (on the right channel) to give it context.

See for the start page.

The Apollo 13 section is here>msfn_missions/Apollo_13_mission

The ARIA audio is in this Re-entry subsection -

best wishes



Much thanks to our friends in Australia.
A lot of information on the Honeysuckle Creek web site.
Hope you enjoy.

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

Web Site:
RSS link:
11 April 1970 19:13 GMT.
Landing Date: 1970-04-17 18:07:41 PM.
Flight Time: 5.95 days.
Flight Up: Apollo 13.
Flight Back: Apollo 13.
Call Sign: Odyssye/Aquarius.
Crew: Haise, Lovell, Swigert.
Backup Crew: Duke, Mattingly, Young.
Support Crew: Brand, Lousma, Kerwin.
Location of Capsule: Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, KS.
Program: Apollo.




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