Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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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 '...

Space Rocket History #242 – Apollo 12 – The Launch Part 2

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John Aaron’s (EECOM) next call made him a legend in Mission Control. He said quickly and confidently, “Flight, try S-C-E to Aux.”...

Space Rocket History #241 – Apollo 12 – The Launch Part 1

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It was 68 degrees, overcast, and raining at Cape Kennedy on November 14, 1969. The ceiling was 2,100 feet and the winds were light. There was some discussion, while the astronauts were suiting-up, of scrubbing the launch, but that would … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #240 – Apollo 12 – Saturn V Instrument Unit

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The Saturn V’s control system was housed inside and also referred to as the Instrument Unit (IU). Marshall Space Flight Centers Astrionics Laboratory categorized the IU as the “brain” and “nerve center” of Saturn V...

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #188 – Apollo 10 – Command Module Pilot John Young

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John Young enjoyed the longest career of any astronaut thus far. Over the course of 42 years of active NASA service he made six space flights and is the only person to have piloted, and been commander of four different … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #239 – Apollo 12 – Commander Charles Conrad – Part 2

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Pete Conrad joined NASA as part of the second group of astronauts, known as the New Nine, on September 17, 1962. He was regarded as one of the best pilots in the group, and was among the first of his group … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #238 – Apollo 12 – Commander Charles Conrad – Part 1

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The third man to walk on the moon, Charles Conrad Jr. was born on June 2, 1930, in Philadelphia, to Charles and Frances Conrad. He was their third child and their first son...

Space Rocket History #237 – Apollo 12 – Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean – The Artist

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After completing a four-year tour of duty, he attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. He trained under the direction of Pete Conrad, who would later become Commander of the Apollo 12 moon flight, and … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #236 – Apollo 12 – Command Module Pilot Richard “Dick” Gordon

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After graduating from the University of Washington, Gordon joined the US Navy, and after his first exposure to planes decided to become a pilot. Gordon said “Once I found what the airplane could do for me, or I could do … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #235 – Apollo 12 – Introduction

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At NASA Headquarters, George Mueller and other planners created a far-reaching plan that Administrator Paine made even more ambitious in adapting it for Nixon’s Space Task Group. The task group’s timetable called for a twelve-man space station and a reusable … Continue reading '...
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