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 #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 '...

Space Rocket History #262 – Apollo 13 – Commander Jim Lovell

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Lovell completed four space flights and is one of only three men to travel to the Moon twice. Lovell accrued over 715 hours spent in space, and he saw a total of 269 sunrises from space on his Gemini and … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #261 – Apollo 13 – Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise

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At thirty-six, Haise was the youngest member of the crew of Apollo 13, and his black hair and angular features made him seem younger still...

Space Rocket History #260 – Apollo 13 – Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert

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John Leonard Swigert Jr. aka Jack Swigert was born on August 30, 1931 in Denver, Colorado to parents John Leonard Sr. and Virginia Swigert...

Space Rocket History #259 – Apollo 13 – Introduction – Part 2

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Just before the mission began things started to go wrong. The weekend before launch Charlie Duke, the backup lunar module pilot, came down with a case of German measles...

Space Rocket History #258 – Apollo 13 – Introduction – Part 1

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Targeted for touchdown on the third lunar landing was a place known as the Fra Mauro range, a stretch of rugged, Appalachian-type mounds 110 miles east of the Apollo 12 landing site...

Space Rocket History #257 – Apollo 12 – Return, Re-entry and Splashdown

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Ten days ago, their Saturn V rocket had blasted Bean and his crew mates out of earth’s gravitational pull. Now their home planet was pulling them back at more than 24,000 miles per hour, twelve times faster than a high-speed … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #256 – Apollo 12 – Leaving the Moon

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Dick Gordon opened the tunnel to Intrepid, saw his companions floating in a dirty cloud of moon dust, and slammed the hatch closed. He called out, “You guys ain’t gonna mess up my nice clean spacecraft!”...

Space Rocket History #255 – Apollo 12 – Lunar Liftoff

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After a total of 31.6 hours on the moon, the Lunar Module ascent stage fired for about 7 minutes placing Intrepid into an orbit of 10 miles by 54 miles...

An Encore Presentation of the Space Rocket History #122 – Apollo: Serious Problems with the Lunar Module and Grumman

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Toward the end of January 1967, it was revealed that Lunar Module 1 would not reach the Cape in February, as expected. This meant, the moon landing might be delayed because the lander was not ready. But the mission planners … Continue reading '...
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