Saturday, February 7, 2009
Apollo 13: "Houston we have a problem"
Apollo 13 was the third manned lunar-landing mission, part of Project Apollo under NASA in the United States. The crew members were Commander James A. Lovell, Command Module pilot John L. "Jack" Swigert, and Lunar Module pilot Fred W. Haise.
It launched on April 11, 1970 at 13:13 CST. Two days after the launch, an electrical fault caused an explosion in a Service Module oxygen tank. The explosion also damaged the other oxygen tank or its plumbing, resulting in a complete loss of oxygen and electrical power. The command module remained fully functional on its own batteries and oxygen tank, but they were sufficient only for the last hours of the mission during re-entry and landing. The crew shut down the Command Module and used the Lunar Module as a “lifeboat” for the return to earth. Despite great hardship caused by severely limited power, cabin heat, and potable water, the crew successfully returned to Earth and the mission eventually became known as a "successful failure". A radio transmission from Lovell during the mission, "Houston, we've had a problem" spawned the misquoted phrase in popular culture, "Houston, we have a problem".
This evening my family watched "Apollo 13", the 1995 film starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, and features Kathleen Quinlan.
Here are the numbers as follows:
Apollo (176336) + 13 = 176349
19700411 + 176349 "Apollo 13" days = 24530206 which will be 444 years from today.
The Illinois Lottery Evening Pick 3 for yesterday was:
2/6/2009 Evening Pick 3 4-4-4
444 is 88 from Leo (356). Adding ONE (1) to 444 = 445 which is 89 "Prime of Leo (356)" from Leo (356).
The 176349 "Apollo 13" number factors into 2027 prime X 87
The Apollo 13 mission began on 19700411 and seven (7) cycles of 2027 "Apollo 13" prime days going forward brings us to 20090214, Valentines Day, which is always two (2) cycles of 89 "Prime of Leo (356)" days from August 11th, the Divine Birthday. Valentines Day corresponds to "Two Hearts Together As One" etc. and the ruling planet of the astrological sign for the Divine birthmonth of August is the Sun and which corresponds to the Human Heart.
On the number 13, Wikipedia continued:
Superstitious people have associated the belief that 13 is an unlucky number with the mission. The mission began on April 11, 1970 (4/11/70, the individual numbers adding to 13) at 13:13 CST from Complex 39 (three times thirteen). The mission's problems began on April 13, and the mission itself was called Apollo 13. Other coincidental appearances of the number 13 connected to the mission included the explosion occurring at 19:13 CST, and a post-flight estimate that, had the explosion occurred on the ground, repairing the damage would have cost $13 million. In a feature on the making of the Apollo 13 film, Jim Lovell pointed out that NASA has never had another spacecraft numbered 13. However, in NASA's preliminary schedule for the return to the moon, an upcoming spaceflight is to be called Orion 13.
Finally, it's interesting to note that Apollo 13's Lunar Module "Aquarius" is what saved the day, acting as the lifeboat for the crew - safely bringing them back to earth as there was not enough oxygen and power left in the command module.