13 things that saved Apollo 13

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  1. wheelsup_cavu

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    Aaaah.......13! 8)
     
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    I knew the number 13 would peak your interest Lucky.


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    Excellent find!

    Thanks. And by coincidence, yesterday I had bought the blu-ray version of Apollo 13. Great timing.
     
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    Can vividly remember how in April of 1970 most the world's, certainly America's attention, was riveted to the hour by hour events unfolding for the Apollo 13 crew. Bringing them back safely was, and still is, NASA's finest hour.

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    My hat's off to all those (on the ground and up in space) who pioneered the early space-flight years. One day we'll look back, as we do now when viewing the Wright brothers' flyer, and wonder how mankind ever managed to survive the rigors of space in such clunky, bailing-wire-and-duct-tape machines. How? Our folks had balls.

    :salute:
     
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    Just remember that today's "state of the art" is tomorrow's antiquated/obsolete eqipment. ;)


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    Yeah, I know....its fascinating, though, thinking about what's coming down the assembly line that's gonna make today's hi-tech into tomorrow's museum pieces.
     
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    Our laptops, probably our cell phones, have more power than the computers aboard the Apollo spacecraft that went to the moon.

    Mind boggling!

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    No probably to it TO.
    I am not sure about the cell phones but your computer definitely has more computing power than the Apollo Spacecraft.
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that one of today's home computers has more computing power than all the computers in mission control.


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    Y'know the primativeness of that spacecraft was on their side too. In those days people had a type of ingenuity to problem solving whereas nowadays machines are too sophisticated and people play so little role that most normal people would be too daunted to try and solve the problem.
     
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    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing.
     
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