retelling by Courben

Lost in Outer Space: Apollo 13 by Todd Olson

In April 1970, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert were flying in a Saturn V Rocket to walk on the moon.  There was an explosion in one of the oxygen tanks, which had only happened because of a faulty thermostat.  The command module went dead; and the LEM was almost dead, but they restarted the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module).  The LEM had saved their lives because there was oxygen and water.  It was only meant for two days; the trip back to earth would take four.

On the day of the splash-down, they were getting really close to earth.  First, they let go of the service module and fired 12 explosive bolts, which would let the service module go.  They could see the damage on the service module, saw a tangled mess hanging down and saw that there was a whole 13-foot panel missing.  Then they let go of the lunar module and also fired 12 explosive bolts, which let it go.  Then, there was only one way to get to Earth’s atmosphere and onto land, which was not going too shallow, which would bounce you back into space, or too steep, which would burn you to death.  So, they had to go kind of in the middle of those.  Successfully, they made it through not too shallow and not too steep!  They made the splash-down less than a mile where they were supposed to be, although, there were still boats nearby to pick them up.  Ten days later…

…they’re in Hawaii with their families, although their families all lived in Houston, Texas.  Another ten days later…

…they’re at home with a $400,000 reward for getting back to earth with that predicament.  Reporters were everywhere; their front lawn, their driveway, the cul-de-sac, and about ten in their living room.  Jim Lovell, captain of the ship, said with a sigh, “I’m probably never going to go to space again.”  Haise and Swigert were rookie astronauts, so they probably would go again to keep the practice up.

The End

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