Apollo 13 Lunar 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. Nearest the camera is the Service Propulsion System (SPS) engine and nozzle. An entire SM panel was blown away by the apparent explosion of oxygen tank number two located in Sector 4 of the SM. 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: Apollo spacecraft, Apollo program, Manned spacecraft, Environment, Disaster Accident, Apollo, Apollo 15, Return to Earth, Apollo Command/Service Module, Service module, In-flight aborts and rescue options, Apollo 13, Apollo Lunar Module