A real-time radio journey through the Apollo 13 mission

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2020/04/12 - 09:16

Looking for something to do while waiting out COVID-19 at home?  You can listen  - in real time -  as three NASA astronauts experienced REAL isolation, and relied on radio to get them through their disaster.

This website (link below) replays the Apollo 13 mission as it happened, 50 years ago. It consists entirely of historical material, all timed to Ground Elapsed Time--the master mission clock. Footage of Mission Control, film shot by the astronauts, and television broadcasts transmitted from space have been painstakingly placed to the very moments they were shot during the mission, as has every photograph taken, and every word spoken.

This project includes newly digitized and restored mission control audio. The last tapes of these recordings were discovered in the National Archives fall of 2019 and were digitized in February, 2020 and contain the time surrounding the onboard explosion. These recordings haven't been heard since the accident investigation in 1970.

You can select any moment during the entire mission, from lift-off, explosion to recovery.  Listen to any of the dozens of separate audio tracks to see how accuracy, bevity and clarity in radio communications were critical.