Apollo 13

"Houston, we have a problem"


  • Free return trajectory
  • Lunar module
  • Consumables “bag up all the consumables Jack”
  • Re-entry
  • Amps “we have to get them down to 12 amps”
  • Simulate & simulator
  • Fuel cells
  • Heat shield
  • Stand by
  • Roger that
  • Copy that
  • Engine burn
  • Shallowing

Assignment 1: Poster

Make a poster about the movie Apollo 13.

Put the following 3 things on your poster.

You must complete them in the order they are listed.

1.) Write a one page summary of the movie Apollo 13 on notebook paper that explains the things that happened in the movie in the correct order. You will glue this on your poster, so have correct grammar and spelling. Also, write neatly so your poster looks good.

2.) Draw a picture of your favorite seen from the movie on your poster.

3.) By your picture, write an explanation of what is happening in your picture and why this is your favorite scene.ning in your picture and why this is your favorite scene.

Assignment 2: Timeline

Draw a time line of the Apollo 13 movie explaining the events that occurred before, during, and after their mission. You should include 3 pictures to represent points on your timeline. Spelling and grammar should be correct.

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Assignment 3: Writing

Apollo 13 Writing Assignment

Pretend you are one of the characters in the movie. In a one page paper, tell me about your experience with the Apollo 13 mission and how you felt when it was happening.


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Problems with the Mission


  • Power supply
  • Oxygen supply
  • Water supply
  • CO2 levels
  • Had to build a filter for CO2
  • Fred Haise was sick with 104 temperature
  • Freezing cold temperature
  • Frozen food
  • Had to do a burn using no computer guidance
  • No sleep
  • Possible damage to heat shield
  • Possible frozen parachutes
  • Condensation could short out the computer
  • Condensation could keep the engine from starting
  • Trajectory angle

Assignment 4: Questions during film

1.) What do they do in the control center?

2.) What is the white stuff that falls off the ship when it takes off from the launch pad?

3.) How long does it take to get to the moon?

4.) Why do the parts of the ship separate after take off and what happens to them?

5.) How cold is it in outer space?

6.) Why do you have to wear a space suit in space?

7.) Why is entering the atmosphere so dangerous?

8.) On Apollo 13, why couldn’t they just wait for someone to rescue them and just go home on their ship?

9.) Why do liquids turn into balls in space?

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