What if Luke had lived in the 20th Century?
Perhaps, his account of space exploration would resemble Space Acts.

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Apollo 13 Science Education Activities and Experiments


Apollo 13 Separation Mystery Examined

Why didn't Apollo 13's Oxygen Tank Explosion Blow the Crew's Capsule into space damaging the heat shield as shown above? Click here for an investigation and interesting science experiment about air pressure.


Apollo 13 Alternate Rescue

Construct an Apollo 13 Personal Launch System Rescue Spacecraft with sheet of notebook paper using printed template and instructions found by clicking here.


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Read How the Apollo 13 Crew Made a Square Peg Fit into a Round Hole and do the same.


Read about Apollo 13's Engine Challenge. Construct your own Apollo 13 engine test as an educational activity for adults and children.


Apollo 13 Snapshot Navigation

There is a popular Mark Twain book called A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The fictional story’s appeal is a “time machine” type journey back to the days of Yore. A 20th Century citizen of the United States is planted in the society of 500 A.D. England. The gimmick making the book enjoyable is how the American Yankee used his modern knowledge to advantage in King Arthur’s day. What is now common technical and scientific knowledge appears mystical, magical, and supernatural to the knights of the legendary Round Table. The following activity is sort of an opposite approach. What if the Wright Brothers were transported 7 decades in time and thousands of miles above to that April week in 1970 aboard the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft? How might they use knowledge of their time to advantage? In lieu of Apollo 13’s powered down computer and star sightings obscured by debris, how could they establish the location of their spacecraft? The challenge would be to use simple arithmetic and a process much like Columbus’s dead reckoning navigation. The exercises and discussions which follow deal with their dilemma.

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Read About the First Soviet Man(ikin) in Space (March 1961)


WHERE IS APOLLO 13's MISSING PANEL AFTER 35 YEARS?
CAN YOU FIND IT WITH A TELESCOPE?



What Was the Explanation for the Mysterious Wind Blowing Apollo 13 Off Course Approaching Earth?



Did NASA scientists discover a missing day in time?

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