Application Appropriation Paper - When on April 13th 1970...

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When on April 13th, 1970 at 9:08 PM, the astronauts communicate "Houston, we've Had a problem here.", No one doubted that not only NASA will know, with Apollo 13, the most eventful episode race to the moon but also -and foremost- its "finest hour". And indeed, if the biggest success of NASA remains unquestionably the first steps on the Moon, made by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in July 1969, everyone agrees that it's over Apollo 13 NASA knew its "finest hour" to quote the words used by Gene Kranz in the control room, April 17th 1970 ( "I Believe that Bringing this crew back safe and sound will be our finest hour" ). What really happened? “In 1970, NASA launched the Apollo 13 mission, which was to take a crew of astronauts to the moon. On the way to the moon, one of the liquid oxygen tanks exploded, and the other one began leaking. The spacecraft had two major problems - there wasn't enough air, and there wasn't enough electricity to get the men home.” (NAFSU) NASA's mission control was up in arms. What happened? Who screwed up? (Image from Wikipedia.) Gene Kranz took charge, and over the course of the crisis, he uttered four phrases:
1. Work the problem. Kranz knew that every problem has a solution, or at least the damage could be managed. But you have to be methodical and work through the issues. Stop worrying, and start working. Once you understand the problem, you have to answer these questions: What can you do? What is beyond your control? Where can you get help? 2. “We've never lost an American in space, we're sure not going to lose one on my watch!” Failure is not an option. Tenacity and resilience. It could get done, and it would get done. Do not treat failure as a viable option or outcome. 3. “I don't care what anything was DESIGNED to do. I care about what it CAN do.” As NASA's scientists worked the problem, Kranz made them think outside the box. They

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