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After the Apollo 13 explosion, the service module was retained almost until re-entry. Why was this if it was just dead weight?

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  • $\begingroup$ Just see Why wasn't the Apollo 13 Service Module jettisoned until hours before reentry? space.stackexchange.com/questions/15305 This question was asked already and has a good answer. $\endgroup$
    – Uwe
    Jul 9 '17 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ It is a very good question! It seems it's been asked before and there'a a good answer. Welcome to stackexchange, take the tour and ask something new - check to see if it's been asked before though! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jul 9 '17 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ So long as they don't use their engine what does weight matter? $\endgroup$ Jul 10 '17 at 2:20

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