"Houston, we've had a problem."

The IEEE has a really interesting article on how the saving of the Apollo 13 crew was more than just a very good example of engineers working the problem.

I'd be the first to admit that I'm not completely familiar with the story. I know slightly more than what was in the Tom Hanks film but not the specific details so I can't tell if there is anything amazingly new in the article but it does give you some perspective on how careful planning and preparation can help you overcome many obstacles that might occur during an engineering project. The article has mananged to talk to some of the people who were working the problem at the time and it's their words that are probably the most interesting.

The article is easy to read and definitely worth checking out.