Roamy here. You’ve seen the drama of Apollo 13, the movie. On this day in 1970, the wires to the stirring fan in Oxygen Tank #2 short-circuited, followed by an explosion 200,000 miles from home. The crew, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert would use the Lunar Module as a lifeboat, with several tense days until their safe return to Earth.
Trivia: The UK show Scrapheap Challenge (known as Junkyard Wars in the U.S.) was dreamed up after one of the producers saw Apollo 13 and was inspired by the scene of the engineers trying to get the CO2 scrubber to work with what the astronauts had on hand.