The near disaster (or successful failure) on Apollo 13 was chalked up to a bad combination of human error and poor design. To avoid a second translunar crippling explosion, the agency revisited the oxygen tank inside the service module before launching Apollo 14 to the Moon.
I have more on the Apollo 13 disaster in on old blog post at Popular Science.
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