Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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Space Rocket History #208 – Apollo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong – Part 3

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After his death, Armstrong was described, in a statement released by the White House, as “among the greatest of American heroes"not just of his time, but of all time.”...

Space Rocket History #207 – Apollo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong – Part 2

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Armstrong became more and more excited about the prospects of both the Apollo program and of investigating a new aeronautical environment...

Space Rocket History #206 – Apollo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong – Part 1

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When Neil was 2 years old his father took him to a flying event called the Cleveland Air Races. This could have been the beginning of Neil’s love for flying...

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #87 – Gemini XII With Jim Lovell and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin – Part 2

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In space, Jim and Buzz began to wonder if everything had been shut down too soon. For 25 minutes, with one brief exception, they heard nothing from the ground. The Ascension Island tracking station had the wrong acquisition time, so … Continue reading '...

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...
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