History: "Houston, we have a problem" was the famous message relayed to mission control about a loud bang heard by the crew members of Apollo 13: Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise. The cause of it was an oxygen tank explosion in the Service Module of their spacecraft. It became a dire situation when electrical power and oxygen supply were diminishing, and the planned moon landing was no longer viable. The primary objective was now to get the astronauts home alive. The Lunar Module, usually used by 2 people for a fraction of the mission time, now had to be a lifeboat for most of the remainder of their journey. Eventually, after a difficult 4 days, the crew made it back safely and were hailed as heroes.

 

The Apollo spacecraft consists of three major parts: the Command, Lunar, and Service Modules. The Command Module and Service Module are collectively known as the CSM, and acted as one system throughout most of the mission. The cylindrical service module provided propulsion and life support for astronauts in the CM. For a lunar landing, only two astronauts would descend to the lunar surface in the LM, with the CM remaining in lunar orbit with the other astronaut. The LM itself consisted of two parts: an ascent and descent stage, both serving the purposes described by their names. When it came time to return to Earth, the ascent stage would detach from the descent stage and would carry the astronauts back into lunar orbit to dock with the CSM. They would transfer back into the CM, and the LM was dumped in lunar orbit before the CSM boosted itself back to Earth. 

 

Part Count: 168

 

Scale: 1:110

 

Dimensions (length x width x height): 14.9cm x 11.2cm x 11.2cm

Features: The model can separate into all four aforementioned sections, various parts of it are colored to reflect the mission it represents, and it includes a stand for ‘in flight’ display.

 

Disclaimer: This purchase is for the building instructions in a pdf format and an xml file containing the list of parts which can then be uploaded to Bricklink.

Apollo 13 Spacecraft

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