"WHEN FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA IT WILL BE WRAPPED IN THE FLAG
AND CARRYING A CROSS." -SINCLAIR LEWIS

Monday, May 3, 2010

Picture Of The Day

I can't believe that I've never seen this photo before:

After an oxygen tank exploded and crippled their service module, the Apollo 13 astronauts were forced to abandon plans to make the third manned lunar landing. The extent of the damage is revealed in this grainy, grim photo, taken as the service module was drifting away, jettisoned only hours prior to the command module's reentry and splashdown. An entire panel on the side of the service module has been blown away and extensive internal damage is apparent. Visible below the gutted compartment is a radio antenna and the large, bell-shaped nozzle of the service module's rocket engine. On April 17, 1970 the three astronauts returned safely to Earth.
I couldn't imagine what those three men must have felt during that harrowing experience. Astronauts are some of my favorite American heroes.

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4 comments:

Shannon said...

The movie really portrayed the fear well. I would be very scared.

magpie said...

Apparently they were shocked at the extent of the damage, which they couldn't see until they left it behind, in which moments this photo was taken.
Given the odds of a critical failure, I find it incredible that all the crews of Apollos 11 through 17 made it back alive.

JBW said...

No risk, no reward, eh magpie?

magpie said...

Incredible engineering, faith, a sense of adventure and vast luck.