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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for May 20, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the May 13, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Five for (Saturn) five."

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This week's quibble comes from the May 13, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Five for (Saturn) five." TechRepublic member farid.ahmad took issue with my assertion that from Apollo 12 onward, a portion of a Saturn V rocket eventually followed a lunar module to the moon:

"Correct me if I'm wrong but Apollo 13 didn't make it to the moon."

Well, yes and no. Apollo 13 didn't land on the moon, but it did orbit Luna on its way back to Earth — mostly because the craft didn't have enough fuel to simply reverse direction and head home after an oxygen tank exploded. Thus, the launch vehicle for Apollo 13 got closer to the moon than the crew vehicle. Thanks for the quibble, and keep them coming!

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