Your Chance To Leave Earth With NASA's Greatest Astronauts

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The amazing Discovery Channel series When We Left Earth comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and it's a mindblowing look at four decades of off-world exploration. Simultaneously grand and intimate, the series lets you glimpse just how harrowing and freaky an astronaut's life could be back during the peak of the space race. We've got three exclusive clips and some gorgeous stills, below. For some reason each one of these clips starts out with the same intro, but they really are totally different. Especially scary is the one where a design flaw meant that astronauts couldn't use their spare air capsules, and they didn't have enough oxygen for three astronauts otherwise. The astronauts had to build an "adaptor" to fit a square peg to a round hole, using duct tape and an old sock, while suffocation loomed in their near future. Special features on the DVD and Blu-Ray include an extra four hours of footage, a rare interview with first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, and a 14-page booklet with a timeline of major NASA events. You can order the DVD here and the Blu-Ray here.

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cljohnston108
cljohnston108

"Especially scary is the one where a design flaw meant that astronauts couldn't use their spare air capsules, and they didn't have enough oxygen for three astronauts otherwise. The astronauts had to build an "adaptor" to fit a square peg to a round hole, using duct tape and an old sock, while suffocation loomed in their near future."

That wasn't a design flaw.

Did you not see Apollo 13, Charlie?

When the astronauts had to shut down the Command Module and use the Lunar Module as a lifeboat...

"Another serious limitation was lithium hydroxide (LiOH) for removing carbon dioxide. The LM's internal stock of LiOH canisters would not support the crew until return, and the remainder was stored outdoors in the descent stage, out of reach. The CM had an adequate supply of canisters, but they were cubical while the LM canisters were cylindrical. An ad-hoc method to use the CM canisters was fabricated from available materials; the astronauts called it the "mailbox.""

[en.wikipedia.org]

The "flaw" was that NASA never imagined a reason to make those canisters interchangeable between the CM and LM.