Thursday, December 1, 2011

Apollo 13 Oral History - Glynn S. Lunney

I was 19 years old at the time. I can still remember ABC News reporter Jules Bergman reporting: "The Apollo 13 spacecraft has had a serious power supply malfunction..." Here's a firsthand account of the tense three days that led to the crews rescue.
Glynn S. Lunney Oral History:
"Flight Director Glynn Lunney expected a quiet night on the console as he began his shift on the evening of April 13, 1970. But, soon after, while the Apollo XIII crew performed a routine procedure, an explosion occurred onboard their spacecraft. For the next 14 hours, Lunney says he experienced what he considers to be the best piece of operations work he ever did or could hope to do.


Read his description of how the incident “posed a continuous demand for the best decisions often without hard data and mostly on the basis of judgment, in the face of the most severe in-flight emergency faced thus far in manned space flight.” In this narrative he shares “through one decision, one choice, and one innovation at a time,” the team at Mission Control at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston worked together to bring the Apollo XIII crew safely home."