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I realize they didn't know what happened so probably didn't know that there was such extensive damage. However, they didn't eject the service module. Why was that? Did it serve some useful purpose still? Were they just not ready for it?

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  • $\begingroup$ Regardless of everything else, better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. $\endgroup$
    – SF.
    Sep 30 '20 at 11:01
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    $\begingroup$ From this related question: it seems the primary reason was to protect the reentry heat shield. $\endgroup$
    – Andrew
    Sep 30 '20 at 11:24
  • $\begingroup$ Ah understood, it is a duplicate $\endgroup$ Sep 30 '20 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ It does not mention that the high gain radio antenna was located on the service module. Was that a factor? $\endgroup$
    – Innovine
    Oct 1 '20 at 6:30

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