Space Rocket History

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Space Rocket History #217 – Apollo 11 – Cislunar  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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.

Space Rocket History #211 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 3 & Contamination  

In addition to the fixed-base lunar module simulators in Houston and at the Cape, astronauts also practiced at Langley Research Center on the suspended lunar landing trainer which was equipped with realistic surface views and lighting.

Space Rocket History #210 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 2  

Steve Bales (Guido) made a new entry to the trajectory and guidance section of the rules book which excluded lunar module computer program alarms 1201 and 1202 from the abort list.

Space Rocket History #209 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 1  

Crew training for Apollo 11 was already complicated by the need to master the controls of two different and very complex spacecrafts, as well as the space suit, but now the mission took on new dimensions, principally in learning how … Continue reading

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

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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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