5 Fantastic Resources About Apollo 13

We can't wait for your students to read our riveting narrative nonfiction article, "Disaster in Space" by Lauren Tarshis. It's the fascinating story of the Apollo 13 mission and its near disastrous fate. After you've read and discussed the text with your class, send your students on their own mission to learn more with these fantastic resources.


Here are five fascinating resources to keep your students’ learning going:




To Read: an article from Space.com about how the Apollo 13 astronauts were feeling throughout the mission

To Do: Based on information in the Scope article and the Space.com article, have students write an account of the Apollo 13 mission as though they were a fourth astronaut on board. What would it have felt like, physically and emotionally? Students should weave in the main events of the mission along with descriptions of the smells, sounds, tastes, and sights of space travel.



(Associated Press)


To Read: a New York Times article from April 14, 1970, about the Apollo 13 disaster

To Do: Have students imagine that this event happened today and create their own news coverage of the event in the form of a newspaper article, broadcast, or series of live tweets.



(The Everett Collection)


To Watch: a clip from the movie Apollo 13 which recreates the scene of NASA engineers developing a fix for the LEM’s air filters

To Do: Using information from the clip and the article, have students write an essay or create a chart explaining the problems the Apollo 13 mission faced and how the astronauts and the ground crew solved those problems.


The Apollo 13 crew after their successful landing back on Earth (NASA)


To Watch: a video about why the Apollo 13 mission is often called NASA's most successful failure

To Do: Hold a class discussion about why the Apollo mission is sometimes called a successful failure. What is the definition of success? How can a failure also be a success? What was successful about the Apollo 13 mission?





To Watch: a video presentation about why it's important for humans to go to outer space

To Do: Hold a class debate about whether or not humans should explore outer space—whether to the moon, Mars, or beyond. Have students work in groups and then present their argument to the class using evidence from the video, Scope article, and two other reliable sources of their choosing.

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