45 years after Apollo 13: Ars looks at what went wrong and why

So contrary to a now 20-year-old film, what happened exactly? Why did the oxygen tank explode, and how could a defective oxygen tank make it aboard a functioning, healthy spacecraft in the first place? But most important of all, in an age of slide rules and shockingly primitive computers 45 years ago, how did Apollo 13 make it back home after sustaining such crippling damage?

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