Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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Space Rocket History #205 – Apollo 11 – Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin – Part 2

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Unfortunately Aldrin’s life became difficult shortly after he emerged from quarantine and began months of public appearances...

Space Rocket History #204 – Apollo 11 – Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin – Part 1

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After Buzz graduated from Montclair High School in 1946, he turned down a full scholarship offer from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and went to the United States Military Academy at West Point...

Space Rocket History #203 – Apollo 11 – Command Module Pilot Michael Collins

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The turning point for Michael Collins in his decision to become an astronaut was the Mercury Atlas 6 flight of John Glenn on February 20, 1962, and the thought of being able to circle the Earth in 90 minutes...

Space Rocket History #202 – Apollo 11 – Media Coverage & Public Relations

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Julian Scheer wanted each crew member to spend at least a full day with each of the networks, and wire services, in locations selected by the media...

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #74 – Gemini VIII with Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott – Part 3

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Armstrong eased Gemini VIII toward the target at a barely perceptible speed of 8 centimeters per second. Then Armstrong gleefully reported, “Flight, we are docked!” For a brief moment, the flight controllers in Houston did not realize they had really … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #201 – Apollo 11 – Mission Planning

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NASA officials used only 12 words to list the primary objectives of Apollo 11: 1-Perform a manned lunar landing and return. 2-Perform selenological inspection and sampling...

Space Rocket History #200 – Luna 15

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In February of 1969, the first launch of the Soviet Moon Rocket, the N-1, exploded.  By April, the Soviets still did not have a clear program of subsequent piloted Soyuz fights. In May, the Soviets watched the successful US lunar … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #199 – The Second Test Flight of the Soviet N1 Moon Rocket

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On July 3, 1969, the same month as the the Apollo 11 Moon landing, The Soviet Union made another secret attempt to fly their giant Moon rocket...

Space Rocket History #198 – Apollo 10 – Snoopy Returns and a Successful Dress Rehearsal

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“Hey, Apollo " Houston, this is Apollo 10. Look, I know you ran some studies, but by golly, we can see Snoopy, and he isn’t too far away! He’s catching up with us. Can you talk to the FIDOS? He’s … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #197 – Apollo 10 – Ascent Stage Rendezvous, Docking & Jettisoning

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As the lunar module approached, Young saw it through his sextant at a distance of 259 kilometers. Stafford and Cernan got a radar lock on the command module shortly after the insertion burn and watched with interest as the instrument … Continue reading '...
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