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VIDEO: Thanksgiving With the Kranzes

“We landed a man on the moon, we’ve gotta be able to figure out how to save a turkey. Take-Out is not an Option!”

Thanksgiving With the Kranzes: A parody of Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 that wonders what Thanksgiving might be like at Gene Kranz’s (Ed Harris from Apollo 13) house, especially when things go terribly, but familiarly wrong.

Apollo 13′s James Lovel Trains for Moon Walk


(Above) Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar landing mission, participates in lunar surface simulation training at the Manned Spacecraft Center. Lovell is attached to a Six Degrees of Freedom Simulator. He is carrying an Apollo Lunar Hand Tools (ALHT) carrier in his right hand.

Upgrades Made to Apollo CM after Apollo 13 Accident


This line drawing illustrates a cutaway view of the Apollo 14 Command/Service Modules, showing the engineering changes in the CSM which were recommended by the Apollo 13 Review Board.

The major changes to the Apollo 14 CSM include adding a third cryogenic oxygen tank installed in an empty bay (in Sector one) of the Service Module (SM), addition of the auxiliary battery in the SM as a backup in case of fuel cell failure, and removal of destratification fans in the cryogenic oxygen tanks and removal of thermostat switches from the oxygen tank heater circuits. Also a provision for stowage of an emergency five gallon supply of drinking water was added to the Command Module (CM).

Photo File: Apollo 13 Crew and President Nixon


(Above) President Richard M. Nixon and the Apollo 13 crew salute U.S. flag during the post-mission ceremonies at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Earlier, the astronauts John Swigert, Jim Lovell and Fred W. Haise were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the Chief Executive.

Apollo 13, launched on April 11, 1970, was NASA’s third manned mission to the moon. Two day later on April 13 while the mission was en route to the moon, a fault in the electrical system of one of the Service Module’s oxygen tanks produced an explosion that caused both oxygen tanks to fail and also led to a loss of electrical power. The command module remained functional on its own batteries and oxygen tank, but these were usable only during the last hours of the mission. The crew shut down the Command Module and used the Lunar Module as a “lifeboat” during the return trip to earth. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, and a shortage of potable water, the crew returned to Earth, and the mission was termed a “successful failure.”


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