A special new edition of the Apollo 13 Owners' Workshop Manual, this book is published to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Moon mission launched in April 1970, which very nearly turned into a catastrophe. New content includes an expanded look at what was learned from the analysis of the problems that precipitated the crisis, and how these lessons affected the future space programme. The book also looks at the worldwide reaction to the crisis, as the the international community held its breath.
This Haynes Manual tells the story of the complex technical challenges involved in returning the crippled spacecraft safely to Earth, explained in detail by an expert author who was there through it all in Mission Control during the six-day flight. It is also the story of three very special heroes, the crew members of Apollo 13: Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise. The engaging text provides fascinating technical insight, using material from the NASA archives and the author's own personal collection, which follows the timeline of the flight to explain the unfolding drama and the analysis and work carried out both in the spacecraft and on Earth to find a way to return the astronauts safely home.