Damaged Apollo 13 Service Module after Jettison
May 5, 2003
This view of the damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) was photographed from the Lunar Module/Command Module following SM jettisoning. As seen here, an entire panel on the SM was blown away by the apparent explosion of oxygen tank number two located in Sector 4 of the SM. Two of the three fuel cells are visible just forward (above) the heavily damaged area. Three fuel cells, two oxygen tanks, and two hydrogen tanks are locate in Sector 4. The damaged area is located above the S-band high gain antenna. Nearest the camera is the Service Propulsion System (SPS) engine and nozzle. The damage to the SM caused the Apollo 13 crewmen to use the Lunar Module (LM) as a "lifeboat". The LM was jettisoned just prior to Earth reentry by the Command Module.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Apollo spacecraft, Apollo program, Manned spacecraft, Apollo 15, Return to Earth, Apollo Command/Service Module, Service module, In-flight aborts and rescue options, Apollo 13, Apollo Lunar Module, Apollo 1