Space Rocket History

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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.

Space Rocket History #200 – Luna 15  

In February of 1969, the first launch of the Soviet Moon Rocket, the N-1, exploded.  By April, the Soviets still did not have a clear program of subsequent piloted Soyuz fights. In May, the Soviets watched the successful US lunar … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #199 – The Second Test Flight of the Soviet N1 Moon Rocket  

On July 3, 1969, the same month as the the Apollo 11 Moon landing, The Soviet Union made another secret attempt to fly their giant Moon rocket.

Space Rocket History #198 – Apollo 10 – Snoopy Returns and a Successful Dress Rehearsal  

“Hey, Apollo – Houston, this is Apollo 10. Look, I know you ran some studies, but by golly, we can see Snoopy, and he isn’t too far away! He’s catching up with us. Can you talk to the FIDOS? He’s … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #197 – Apollo 10 – Ascent Stage Rendezvous, Docking & Jettisoning  

As the lunar module approached, Young saw it through his sextant at a distance of 259 kilometers. Stafford and Cernan got a radar lock on the command module shortly after the insertion burn and watched with interest as the instrument … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #196 – Apollo 10 – Lunar Module Out of Control  

The abort system had two basic control modes, “attitude hold” and “automatic.” In automatic, the computer would take over the guidance and start looking for the command module, which was certainly not what the crew intended to do at that … Continue reading

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