Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #183 – Apollo 9 – Lunar Module Maneuvers Part 4

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When Scott tried to release the lunar module, he did not hold the button long enough so the lander got hung on the capture latches...

Space Rocket History #270 – Apollo 13 – The News Breaks

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Cronkite did not look good. He called Schirra over and thrust a sheet of wire-service copy at him. Schirra scanned the text hurriedly, and with each sentence his heart sank. This was bad. This was worse than bad. This was … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #269 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 4

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EECOM, Sy Liebergot looked away from his monitor; the end, he knew, was at last here. Liebergot, through no fault of his own, was about to become the first flight controller in the history of the manned space program to … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #268 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 3

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As near as Lovell could tell, it would be a while before the ship’s endgame would play out. He had no way of calculating the leak rate in the tank, but if the moving needle was any indication, he had … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #267 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 2

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By the time Flight Director Kranz heard Lovell’s report, of “Houston, we’ve had a problem. ” three controllers had reported related problems. Kranz was wondering which problem Lovell was reporting, as he started relaying the long list of warning indications … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #266 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 1

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Swigert: I believe we’ve had a problem here! CapComm: This is Houston. Say again, please. Lovell: Houston, we’ve had a problem...

Space Rocket History #265 – Apollo 13 – Translunar Coast – The Calm Before the Storm

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As Lovell prepared for the thruster adjustments, Haise finished closing down the LEM and drifted through the tunnel back toward the command module and Swigert threw the switch to stir all 4 cryogenic tanks...

Space Rocket History #264 – Apollo 13 – Orbit, Translunar Injection, Docking, and Extraction

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Milt Windier’s team at mission control quickly reviewed the status of the remaining four engines, ran the computations for the new engine cutoff times, and passed them to the crew...

Space Rocket History #263 – Apollo 13 – The Launch

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During the Apollo era, North American-Downey built the Apollo Command & Service Module. After each completed spacecraft, Nasa conducted formal reviews of the build paper work before each vehicle was accepted for flight...

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #169 – Apollo 8 – Christmas 1968

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Bill Anders: “We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.” “‘In the beginning God created the heaven and … Continue reading '...
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