Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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50th Anniversary Special – An Encore Presentation of 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 #308 – Apollo 14 – Transposition, Docking & Extraction

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Docking was a delicate maneuver, since both ships were traveling at nearly five miles per second, but the docking mechanism itself was one of the simplest on the entire spacecraft, and the docking procedure had been perfected on previous Apollo flights, … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #307 – Apollo 14 – The Climb to Orbit & TLI

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“The approaching dusk and the damp mistiness left by the now-departed rainstorm only enhanced the spectacular sight and the sound of the launch. Tentacles of flame erupted on either side of the bottom of the Saturn V, which seemed to … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #306 – Apollo 14 – The Launch

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The first launch window for Apollo 14 began at 15:23, Eastern Standard Time, 31 January 1971, and lasted almost four hours...

Space Rocket History #305 – Apollo 14 – Pre-launch

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On November 9, 1970, the Apollo 14/Saturn V assembly, as tall as a 36-story building, rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building on the proportionally huge crawler transporter...

Space Rocket History #304 – Apollo 14 – Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. – Part 4

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Even with all the problems, Shepard piloted the Lunar Module Antares to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program. Shepard became the fifth and, at the age of 47, the oldest man to walk on the Moon, and … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #303 – Apollo 14 – Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. – Part 3

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After the Mercury-Atlas 10 mission was canceled, Shepard was designated as the Commander of the first crewed Gemini mission, with Thomas P. Stafford chosen as his pilot...

Space Rocket History #302 – Apollo 14 – Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. – Part 2

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On January 19, 1961, Robert R. Gilruth, the director of NASA’s Space Task Group, informed the seven astronauts that Shepard had been chosen for the first American crewed mission into space...

Space Rocket History #301 – Apollo 14 – Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. – Part 1

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Although the Shepards were well off, the children were not coddled. Their father valued work and made sure each child performed their share of domestic chores.  Alan’s father was a stern and serious disciplinarian, Alan inherited a stoicism and toughness … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #300 – Apollo 14 – Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell – Tang Ceremony

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In the Astronaut Office, it was his intellectual bent that set him apart from some of the other pilots, along with a certain hard edge. ...
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