NASA shock: Astronaut’s ‘most serious moment’ on Apollo 15 ‘that was almost Panicsville’ — News 247

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For any copyright, please send me a message.  NASA’s Apollo 15 marked the space agency’s fourth return to the Moon just two years after Apollo 11 in 1969. Apollo 15 was the second lunar landing after the disastrous launch of Apollo 13, which suffered a crippling explosion on the way to the Moon. And it appears as though bad luck followed NASA on its fourth lunar landing attempt when a bag of tomato soup threatened to end the mission. Astronaut Al Worden was one of the three men who flew to the Moon on Apollo 15, alongside astronauts David Scott and James Irvin. In 2011, the veteran of spaceflight appeared for a Google Talks event where he shed light on the behind-the-scenes secrets of Apollo 15. In a harrowing account of the mission, Mr Worden revealed how one “serious moment” almost sent the three astronauts to “Panicsville”.  Mr Worden said: “Well, we did have a problem one day. We had tomato soup one day. “The bag got popped open a little too fast and it broke the surface tension of the soup inside the bag. “The whole portion of soup came out of the bag and it was a ball about this big around. “And you know its really kind of interesting to watch these things happen in space because that ball is a perfect sphere. And it just kind of started floating around. “Probably the most serious thing that happened to us on the flight was that ball of soup. “That was almost Panicsville because if that ball of soup gets behind an instrument panel and breaks the surface tension, now you’ve got a thousand little balls floating around and shorting electric components.” A similar problem occurred on the doomed Apollo 13 flight after the mission’s service module explosion crippled the entire spacecraft. The spacecraft was starved of electricity and the astronauts had to turn off most systems to preserve power, causing temperatures to plunge dangerously low. The freezing chill caused water vapour from the astronauts’ breath to quickly cover every surface and behind the instrument panels, threatening to short-circuit any electronics if the astronauts attempted to restart the spacecraft.  READ MORE Apollo pilot reveals why Buzz Aldrin played second fiddle to Armstrong  NASA said: “When the electrical systems were turned off, the spacecraft lost an important source of heat. “The temperature dropped to 38 degrees Fahrenheit and condensation formed on all the walls.” Apollo 13 managed to return to Earth after an extensive rescue effort by NASA on the ground. Similarly, Apollo 15’s astronauts managed to contain the tomato soup before it caused any damage to the spacecraft. Mr Worden said: “You know you can’t touch it with a spoon because the minute you touch it, you break the surface tension. Now you’ve got 1,000. Trending  “Can’t