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Space Rocket History #274 – Apollo 13 – Minimizing Power – Part 1

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Michael Annis

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Space Rocket History #274 – Apollo 13 – Minimizing Power – Part 1

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Electricity was in short supply. A fully functioning, up-and running LEM required about 55 amps of current to operate.

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