To mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Apollo-13 lunar mission, NASA Space Center programmer Ben Feist created a dedicated website Apollo 13 in Real Time. It contains about 90% of the documents, as well as digitized video and audio recorded during the mission. Every word spoken by astronauts and dispatchers during the flight is reproduced in the form of a transcript, and with imitation of real-time mode.
Internet users can use the brainchild of Ben Feist in several proposed options - for example, watch and listen to what happened on board Apollo-13 before the start, on any day of the flight, and even two days before the start.
Those who do not want to track the "picture" from the moment of launch to the accident can simply "rewind the tape" until the moment when the captain of the ship, Jim Lowell, realized that the crew was in serious trouble. At the same time, the attached graph will show how the pressure in the faulty oxygen cylinder is rapidly falling, and the MCC on Earth does not understand the essence of what is happening.
Users are also given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the ship's device in detail and read its description. It took him eight months to gather all the information he needed, Feist said, and he hopes his project will help viewers understand the importance of teamwork and common language.
Previously, using modern technology and a probe in lunar orbit, NASA showed what astronauts saw during the famous lunar mission.
Apollo 13 crew on return to Earth
For reference: the purpose of the Apollo-13 flight is the third lunar mission, which started on April 11, 1970. Crew: Commander James Arthur Lowell, Command Module Pilot John Leonard Swygert, Lunar Module Pilot Fred Wallace Hayes.
Already at the initial stage of the flight, several abnormal situations arose on board. The last point was the failure of the oxygen tank when approaching the Moon, after which it was decided to terminate the mission and return to Earth. Despite a difficult situation close to critical, the crew and the flight control center managed to complete the mission. Apollo 13 and its entire crew returned to Earth on April 17.