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    Right up until the moment of the space accident the overtook Apollo 13 at about 2300 hours Monday night, there was nothing to indicate the disaster ahead.

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    CU Haise talking to Houston from capsule

    GV Interior Mission Control.

    CU Lovell talking to Houston and climbing into moon landing craft.

    CU Hasie points out white box.

    SV Haise as Houston replies.

    SV Haise speaks:

    SV Haise talks about hatch.

    LV ZOOM INTO CU Chris Kraft:

    CU McDivitt speaks

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: HAISE: "This is the crew of Apollo 13 wishing everybody there a nice evening and we're just about to close down our inspection of Aquarius and get back to a pleasant evening in the Odyssey. Goodnight."

    SEQ. 3: LOVELL: "One thing I noted, Jack when I first came across here that's standing upright in the command module and heading down in Aquarius it's a little bit of an orientation change. I went through once in a water tank and it felt pretty unusual. I find myself now standing with my head on the floor when I get down in the LEM."

    HOUSTON: "That's a great picture, Jim. You've got the light just right."

    SEQ. 4: HAISE: "Immediately adjacent to the engine cover here I have my hand on a white box which hasn't been shown before. This happens to be a flip the pack back which will supply oxygen and water for cooling while on the Lunar surface."

    SEQ. 5: HOUSTON: "Roger Fred. We see it. The picture's coming through real good and your description's good."

    SEQ. 6: HAISE: "And I guess the next description for this device would be a (INDISTINCT). And you can see I am weighing myself right now and it says I weigh actually less than zero right now. I guess this calibration isn't too good."

    SEQ. 6: HOUSTON: "That will be the day."

    SEQ. 8: KRAFT: "We have a serious problem in the command service module. We appear to have some kind of accident in the region of the fuel cells and the oxygen tanks. We have not tried too much to reconstruct what has happened because we are more concerned at the moment you get the situation under control. As you have seen we have begun to use the LEM as a device for keeping oxygen in both the command and service modules and lunar module and we are using the power system from the lunar module. It appears at the present time that everything is under control and that we have a safe situation at the moment."

    SEQ. 9: McDIVITT: "We should be able to find power, electrical power from the LEM for the return voyage to earth. We should be able to return on the oxygen in the LEM and we'll be using lithium kydroxide out of both the command module and the lunar module. We can still power the command module from the lunar module at low power levels through the wire which is normally used to power the LEM from the Command Module, So we expect to be using a ??? spacecraft from now until the moment we get back to earth."

    Initials PF/V-SAT-TELE/BOB/BB

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    Background: Right up until the moment of the space accident the overtook Apollo 13 at about 2300 hours Monday night, there was nothing to indicate the disaster ahead. A few minutes before, astronaut Fred W. Haise cheerfully wished good night to the control centre in Houston.

    Following the accident to the spacecraft, Mission Director Chris Kraft called a press conference at the NASA Manned Space Centre in Houston to explain the situation to waiting pressmen. With him was James McDivitt, Manager of the spacecraft programme.

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