Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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Space Rocket History #285 – Apollo 13 – More Problems

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From beneath the Lunar Modules floor there was a thud, then a hiss, then another thump that vibrated through the cabin...

Space Rocket History #284 – Apollo 13 – Mid-course Correction

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Swigert counted down five, four, three, two, one.” Lovell pressed the big red engine button set in the bulkhead and once again felt the vibration below his feet. “Ignition,” Lovell said to his crew-mates...

Space Rocket History #283 – Apollo 13 – Encouragement from the President

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In the White House, President Nixon was very concerned for the Apollo 13 crew. Since Apollo 8’s successful lunar orbit, just one month before his inauguration, Nixon had developed a fascination with moon flight and a special admiration for the … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #282 – Apollo 13 – Battery #2

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At the manned spacecraft center in Houston, Don Arabian was in Building 45 when battery number two in Aquarius’ descent stage exploded...

Space Rocket History #281 – Apollo 13 – Homeward Bound

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There was now cause for optimism in Mission Control. At the TELMU station, where the Lunar Module’s environmental signs were being continually monitored, the readings of the carbon dioxide concentrations aboard Aquarius were steadily dropping all day long...

In Honor of NASA Mars Probe “InSight” – An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #46 – Mariner 4

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Mariner 4’s primary objective was to conduct closeup scientific observations of Mars and to transmit these observations to Earth. Additional goals included performing field and particle measurements in interplanetary space, and providing experience and knowledge of engineering capabilities for int...

Space Rocket History #280 – Apollo 13 – Carbon Dioxide

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In a healthy spacecraft, the CO2 meter should climb no higher than 2 or 3 millimeters of mercury. When it rose above 7, the crew was instructed to change their lithium hydroxide canisters. If it was allowed to rise above … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #279 – Apollo 13 – Leaving the Moon – Part 2

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In the satellite room of the carrier Iwo Jima, the communications man sat back and removed his headset. He knew, that Apollo 13 was in fact coming their way...

Space Rocket History #278 – Apollo 13 – Leaving the Moon – Part 1

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Lovell’s disappointment with Kranz’s decision to not run another star check was quickly becoming academic since the time to conduct it was running out anyway...

Space Rocket History #277 – Apollo 13 – Approaching the Moon

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“They’re all coming out,” Swigert said, straining for a glimpse through Lovell’s window.  “You said it,” Lovell said. “There’s Nunki, there’s Antares. We may have enough here for that confidence check.” ...
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