Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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Space Rocket History #220 – Apollo 11 – Lunar Landing – Part 2

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Suddenly, Buzz and Neil heard the high-pitched sound of the Master Alarm. On the computer display the “PROG” light glowed amber. “Program alarm,” Armstrong radioed. Quickly, Aldrin queried the computer for the alarm code, and “1202” flashed on the display...

Space Rocket History #219 – Apollo 11 – Lunar Landing – Part 1

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The machine-like performance of flight crew and ground controllers continued. Each participant was in perfect harmony with the other, moving to a cadence dictated by the laws of physics and the clock...

Space Rocket History #218 – Apollo 11 – Lunar Orbit

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As they passed behind the moon, they had just over 8 minutes to go before the burn. They were super-careful now, they checked and rechecked each step several times. It had to be perfect. Just one digit in the computer … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #217 – Apollo 11 – Cislunar

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What do we call this strange region between earth and moon? Cislunar space is the most common term, Is it day or night?  Humans generally define night as that time when our planet is between our eyes and the sun, … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #216 – Apollo 11 – Transposition, Docking & Extraction

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Collins’ first task was to separate the command and service modules from the Saturn and proceed away from it a safe distance; then turn around and face it...

Space Rocket History #215 – Apollo 11 – Trans Lunar Injection

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As Apollo 11 passed over Western Australia, at T+2 hours 26 minutes Houston relayed to Collins, Armstrong, and Aldrin " through Carnarvon " formal permission to go to the moon. “Apollo 11, this is Houston. You are go for TLI.” … Continue reading '...

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #103 – Saturn Development 1957 – 1960

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Many historians agree, the U.S. took its first step toward the moon in the spring of 1957, four years before President Kennedy declared the national goal of landing a man on the Moon, and returning him safely to the Earth. … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #214 – Apollo 11 – The Climb to Orbit

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A Saturn V liftoff is spectacular, and the launch of Apollo 11 was no exception. But it didn’t give the audience any surprises. To the three Gemini-experienced pilots, who likened the sensation to the boost of a Titan II, it was a … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #213 – Apollo 11 – The Launch

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On July 16th 1969, nearly a million people crowded the Florida highways, byways, and beaches to watch man’s departure from the earth to walk on the moon. Twenty thousand guests looked on from special vantage points...

Space Rocket History #212 – Apollo 11 – Prelaunch

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In addition to the ordinary taxpayers who gathered on the beaches and roads of eastern Florida, 20,000 VIPs were invited by NASA to watch the lift off from viewing stands near the Vehicle Assembly Building...
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