Space

The Old Sailors’ Tool That Saved Apollo 13

In the 1700s, sailors used sextants to navigate the seas. Centuries later, these old-timey tools saved the day on not one, but two of the Apollo missions!

Hosted by: Reid Reimers

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Sources:

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ArchimedesSpiral.html
https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigating-space/challenges
https://wehackthemoon.com/tech/space-sextant-navigates-moon-missions
https://www.space.com/8193-caused-apollo-13-accident.html
https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/ap13acc.html
http://astronomy.com/news/2018/06/the-story-of-the-apollo-sextant
https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/multimedia-asset/apollo-sextant-and-eye-piece
https://science.ksc.nasa.gov/history/apollo/apollo-13/apollo-13.html
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a13/AS13_TEC.PDF

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo13_splashdown.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_13_Saturn_V_during_rollout.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_13_Service_Module_-_AS13-59-8500_(cropped).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_13_timeline.svg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2010-06-11_CSM%26LM.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Using_sextant_swing.gif
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_8_Lovell_at_Guidance_and_Navigation_station.jpg
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