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Space Rocket History #243 – Apollo 12 – TLI and the Coast

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Michael Annis

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Space Rocket History #243 – Apollo 12 – TLI and the Coast

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It was impossible to check out the entire spacecraft; that could only be done on the ground. In the short time available, Griffin’s team ran a pre-maneuver check list, re-aligned the CSM platform, and discussed proceeding with the mission with … Continue reading →

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