Book & DVD. Homer himself could not have written a more captivating story than the flight of Apollo 13. On 11 April 1970 veteran astronaut Jim Lovell and his crewmates Jack Swigert and Fred Haise rode atop the eighth launch of the Saturn V juggernaut to begin their ill-fated journey to the moon. The aptly named Command Module Odyssey and the reluctant Lunar Module -- lifeboat Aquarius were to take the three men to a date with the lunar highland area known as Fra Mauro but fate and a faulty circuit in one of the vehicles oxygen tanks would irrevocably alter their plans and turn the flight of Apollo 13 into an epic to rival the original Odyssey. After an explosion in the Service Module crippled the spacecraft while it was still outward bound the crew would spend several harrowing days in near frigid temperatures while the technicians at home worked around the clock to devise new and ingenious ways to keep them alive and bring them home safely.
In 1970 some considered Apollo 13 a catastrophic failure but it has since been recognised as one of NASA's truly great moments, when the spirit of daring and ingenuity came to life in the team at Mission Control as they successfully brought the crew home. In this book, some of the rare official documentation of the voyage of Apollo 13 is collected and made commercially available for the first time. Bonus DVD includes: High Quality Video and ROM Content featuring: The NASA video documentary "Houston We've Got A Problem"; The Pre-Explosion in-flight television broadcast from Apollo 13; An exclusive video interview with Commander James Lovell; Video of the launch of Apollo 13; Nearly 600 Hasselblad photographs taken by the Apollo 13 crew; An extensive NASA acronym data base. The 198 page technical document "Separation Procedures / Alternate & Abort Missions for Apollo 13". DVD Quality Video of: The Post-flight Apollo 13 Press Conference and all of the in-flight 16 mm movies.
Robert Godwin is the owner and founder of Apogee Space Books. He is also the Space Curator at the Canadian Air & Space Museum. He has written or edited over 100 books including the award winning series "The NASA Mission Reports". Robert has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs in Canada, the USA and England as an expert on, not only music, but also space exploration. His books have been discussed on CNN, the CBC, the BBC and CBS 60 Minutes. He produced the first ever virtual reality panoramas of the Apollo lunar surface photography and the first multi-camera angle movie of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. His last book "New Horizons" expanded on that previous ground-breaking work.