Hello and welcome to the Leadership Done Right podcast, Episode 11: Failure Is Not An Option – 5 Lessons From Apollo 13.
Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 1:13 PM CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) had depended.
Following the explosion, the crew onboard realized there were many problems with their equipment. Their chance to make it back to earth kept dwindling as time went on. Flight Control located in Houston, urgently provided assistance in resolving the issues they were encountering. They had to desperately search for answers to unique problems. They listed all the problems they could think of.
- Batteries may freeze
- Water system may freeze
- Propellant may freeze
- There were a large number survival issues
- How do we get back through the earth’s atmosphere