Excess Carbon Dioxide and Apollo 13?

Does anyone know how the astronouts converted the excess CO2 that built up in their spacecraft into a breatable atmosphere?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Using materials that thay had on board, they modified Lithium Hydroxide scrubbers on the Lunar Module (LM), which were designed for two people and could last for up to 53 hours. With three people in the LM it was determined that the filters would be used up in 36 hours. Unless something was done the crew of Apollo 13 would be lost. The solution was to use the scrubbers from the Command Service Module (CSM), but they were configured differently from those of the LM. Using only materials available aboard the spacecraft Gene Kranz and his team came up with a way to use the CSM's scrubbers in the LM.

    The crew gathered two LiOH canisters from the CSM, scissors, duct tape, cardboard from the LM's procedure manual and tubing used to circulate water and regulate the astronauts temperature in plastic wrapped thermal undergarments to be used on the moon. All of these items had to be assembled and joined to the LM's filter holder. This was all done as the level of CO2 was reaching dangerous levels in the LM and the crew was save from one of the many dangers they faced.

  • 6 years ago

    The panic was grossly exaggerated. CO2 is grossly misunderstood. CO2 is benign, beneficial, and inert. It has no toxic or narcotic properties, and becomes harmful only when it is inhaled in concentrations greater than 10%, at which point it causes loss of consciousness due to mild asphyxiation hypoxia. CO2 asphyxiation does not become lethal until inhaled concentrations rise above 30%. The CO2 concentrations in the cabin never approached problematic levels, and the CO2 could have easily been flushed from the capsule using available oxygen.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. At that time the carbon dioxide was chemically removed from cabin atmosphere by reacting it with lithium hydroxide.

    The chemical equation would be....

    lithium hydroxide + carbon dioxide = lithium bicarbonate

    synthesis reaction

    LiOH + CO2 = LiHCO3

  • campa
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    the best technology in CO2 filtration is inside the nuclear sub; of course these tech also have the same principle just like what those astronaut use however in atomic sub its more of a large scale filtration to provide purified air to all the crews.

    Source(s): TOM CLANCY BOOKS
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They built a new filter using the materials they had on hand. They converted the filters from the LEM, which were the wrong shape.

  • JJcD
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    They made a makeshift filter out of all kind of things to clean the air. Don't think it was easy, the filter was pretty complex.

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