Dragon DRW56215 NASA Apollo 13 Saturn V Rocket [40th Anniversary] (1:400 Scale)
"Houston, we have a problem."
- Apollo 13 command module pilot, John L. "Jack" Swigert, communicating with the Houston Mission Control Center three days into their spaceshot, April 14th, 1970
Apollo 13 was the third Apollo mission intended to land on the Moon, but a mid-mission oxygen tank rupture severely damaged the spacecraft and forced the lunar landing to be aborted. The flight was commanded by James A. Lovell, with John L. "Jack" Swigert command module pilot, and Fred W. Haise lunar module pilot.
The mission was launched on April 11th, 1970 at 13:13 CST. Two days later, en route to the Moon, a fault in the electrical system of one of the Service Module's oxygen tanks produced an explosion which caused a loss of electrical power and failure of both oxygen tanks. The Command Module remained functional on its own batteries and oxygen tank, which were designed to support the vehicle only during the last hours of flight. 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, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17th, and the mission was termed a "successful failure".
A misquotation of the radio transmission made by Swigert and repeated by Lovell ("...Houston, we've had a problem...") has become widely quoted in popular culture as "Houston, we have a problem."
Apollo 13 was to be the third Apollo mission to land on the Moon on April 11th, 1970, but the mission was aborted after rupture of service module oxygen tank. However, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17th. It was classified as a "successful failure" because of the experience gained in rescuing the crew. Dragon will launch the 1/400 Apollo 13 Anniversary item to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this historic significance. Sold Out!
Height: 10-3/4 inches
Base: 2x2 inches
Release Date: May 2010