In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, NASA launched an online project in which anyone can experience historical events in real-time. Despite the fact that the explosion prevented astronauts James Lovell Jr., John Swigert Jr. and Fred Hayes Jr. from landing on the moon, NASA engineers and the Mission Control Center were able to return the astronauts to Earth.
The project consists of “completely from the original historical material about the mission.” Viewers can either participate in it from the very beginning or follow events through a news feed. The project was created by NASA software engineer Ben Feist and historians, researchers and experts in the field of audio, film and visualization; they were able to digitize and restore the footage and audio recordings of the mission. All materials are arranged in chronological order – from launch to the return of astronauts to Earth.
The Apollo 13 crew was forced to abandon the flight after their service module was damaged by an exploding oxygen cylinder. This is the only manned spacecraft flying to the moon on which a serious accident occurred during the flight. The purpose of the Apollo 13 flight was to land astronauts on the lunar surface and conduct scientific research.
NASA noted that this flight can be regarded as “success” due to the effectiveness of ground services in an emergency, high qualifications and the courage of astronauts. Due to the modification of the Apollo ships, the launch of the next mission was postponed for 5 months.