Apollo 13 Trivia: Week 5

This month we are highlighting all things Apollo 13. You may recall this notable mission due to the hit blockbuster film. Think you can sort fact from fiction? Test your knowledge below!

What common household item saved the Apollo 13 mission?

Correct! Wrong!

It turns out duct tape is truly a life saver. Onboard their crippled spacecraft, the Apollo 13 crew was left with an unique challenge. Following the explosion, carbon dioxide was building to dangerous levels inside the spacecraft, which put the crew's lives at risk. There were enough lithium hydroxide filters to remove the carbon dioxide but the backup command module filters were square and needed to fit into the round openings in the lunar module, which the crew was using as a lifeboat. Thanks to the quick thinking of NASA personnel on the ground, the crew was able to devise a quick fix using (you guessed it) duct tape! Other household items used for the jury-rigged fix include cardboard and plastic bags. Apollo 13 wasn't the only mission to turn to duct tape in a pinch. Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan used the material to create a makeshift fender for the lunar rover after his hammer caused the original to fall off. Come back next week to test your knowledge again and don't forget to visit our Apollo 13 Virtual Exhibit presented by JSC Federal Credit Union!

Apollo 13: Week 5
You got it!

You got this week's trivia question correct! It turns out duct tape is truly a life saver. Onboard their crippled spacecraft, the Apollo 13 crew was left with an unique challenge. Following the explosion, carbon dioxide was building to dangerous levels inside the spacecraft, which put the crew's lives at risk. There were enough lithium hydroxide filters to remove the carbon dioxide but the backup command module filters were square and needed to fit into the round openings in the lunar module, which the crew was using as a lifeboat. Thanks to the quick thinking of NASA personnel on the ground, the crew was able to devise a quick fix using (you guessed it) duct tape! Other household items used for the jury-rigged fix include cardboard and plastic bags. Apollo 13 wasn't the only mission to turn to duct tape in a pinch. Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan used the material to create a makeshift fender for the lunar rover after his hammer caused the original to fall off. Come back next week to test your knowledge again and don't forget to visit our Apollo 13 Virtual Exhibit presented by JSC Federal Credit Union!
Nice try!

You almost got this week's trivia question! It turns out duct tape is truly a life saver. Onboard their crippled spacecraft, the Apollo 13 crew was left with an unique challenge. Following the explosion, carbon dioxide was building to dangerous levels inside the spacecraft, which put the crew's lives at risk. There were enough lithium hydroxide filters to remove the carbon dioxide but the backup command module filters were square and needed to fit into the round openings in the lunar module, which the crew was using as a lifeboat. Thanks to the quick thinking of NASA personnel on the ground, the crew was able to devise a quick fix using (you guessed it) duct tape! Other household items used for the jury-rigged fix include cardboard and plastic bags. Apollo 13 wasn't the only mission to turn to duct tape in a pinch. Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan used the material to create a makeshift fender for the lunar rover after his hammer caused the original to fall off. Come back next week to test your knowledge again and don't forget to visit our Apollo 13 Virtual Exhibit presented by JSC Federal Credit Union!

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