Space Rocket History

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Space Rocket History #187 – Apollo 10 – Lunar Module Pilot Eugene Cernan  

On Cernan’s second space flight, he was lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, May 18-26, 1969.  Apollo 10 was the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification flight test of an Apollo lunar module. Cernan was accompanied on the 248,000 nautical … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #186 – Apollo 10 – Commander Thomas P. Stafford  

Thomas P. Stafford was the first member of his Naval Academy Class of 1952 to pin on the first, second, and third stars of a General Officer. He flew six rendezvous in space; logged 507 hours and 43 minutes in … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #185 – Apollo 10 – Preparations  

Although the contractors had shipped excellent spacecrafts, preparations at Kennedy did not go quickly from the assembly building to the launch pad. Testing was delayed several days in order to stay out of the way of Apollo 9 pre-flight activities. … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #184 – Apollo 9 – The Return  

Even before crawling back into the command module, McDivitt said he was tired and ready for a three-day holiday.  Another 140 hours would pass before touchdown in the Atlantic, but the crew had achieved more than 90 percent of the … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #183 – Apollo 9 – Lunar Module Maneuvers Part 4  

When Scott tried to release the lunar module, he did not hold the button long enough so the lander got hung on the capture latches.

Space Rocket History #182 – Apollo 9 – Lunar Module Maneuvers Part 3  

On the fourth day of the flight of Apollo 9, Schweickart felt better than expected as he worked his way into the lander to get it ready for the EVA. By the time he had put on the backpack, McDivitt … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #181 – Apollo 9 – Lunar Module Maneuvers Part 2  

McDivitt later said that the engine had come on abruptly, but with the tremendous mass, acceleration was very slow – it took the whole 5 seconds to add 11 meters per second to the speed.

Space Rocket History #180 – Apollo 9 – Lunar Module Maneuvers  

As Dave Scott pulled in closer to the Lunar Module he noticed that the command module’s nose was out of line with the lander’s nose. Scott tried to use a service module thruster to turn left, but that jet was … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #179 – Apollo 9 – The Launch  

For the 19th flight of American astronauts into space, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, representing the new administration of Richard Nixon, sat in the firing control room viewing area on March 3rd, 1969. He and other guests listened to the … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #178 – Apollo 9 – The Crew – McDivitt, Scott, Schweickart  

James Alton “Jim” McDivitt was born on June 10, 1929, in  Chicago, Illinois. He is of  Irish descent. Like many other astronauts, he was a  Boy Scout and earned the rank of Tenderfoot Scout. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1947.

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #1 – Ancient Rocketry:  Standing on the Shoulders of Giants  

From our small world we have gazed upon the cosmic ocean for thousands of years. Ancient astronomers observed points of light that appeared to move among the stars. They called these objects planets, meaning wanderers, and named them after Roman … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #177 – Apollo 9 – Preparations  

The biggest concern before Apollo 9 was the docking maneuver.  In early 1969, at NASA there was little confidence in the docking system. At a January program review, Phillips said that problems encountered during probe and drogue testing worried him…

Space Rocket History #176 – The First Test Flight of the Soviet N1  

Finally, on the morning of February 21, all the population of the N1 assembly area and a residential area, situated just south of the launch pad, was ordered to evacuate. The giant service structure then rolled away leaving the dark-gray … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #175 – Early History of the Soviet N1 – Part 2  

On August the third 1964 Decree number 655-268 was issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party. For the first time a command was given for OKB-1 to put one man on the moon and return him safely to … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #174 – Early History of the Soviet N1 – Part 1  

The L-3 manned spacecraft was designed to make a direct lunar landing using the earth orbit rendezvous method. It was a 200 metric ton spacecraft requiring three N1 launches and a single Soyuz 11A5ll launch to assemble in low earth … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #173 – Soyuz 4 & 5 – World’s First Space Station? – Part 2  

Vladimir Shatalov would become the Soviet Union’s 13th space traveler, his home telephone number ended in “13” and the launch itself was set for 13:00 hours Moscow Time, on January 13th, 1969.

Space Rocket History #172 – Soyuz 4 & 5 – World’s First Space Station? – Part 1  

The objectives of the Soyuz 4 & 5 mission were to dock two manned Soyuz 7K-0Ks, transfer two Cosmonauts from Soyuz 5 to Soyuz 4 by means of a space walk, and then safely return both crews to earth.

Space Rocket History #171 – Apollo 8 – The Reaction  

New York City welcomed the Apollo 8 crew with a ticker-tape parade on the 10th of January, Newark hailed them on the 11th, and Miami greeted them on the 12th during the Super Bowl game. The Astronauts returned to Houston on … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #170 – Apollo 8 – The Voyage Home  

Even a perfect reentry would subject the Apollo 8 command module to extreme stress.  With Gemini, the capsule re-entered from Earth orbit, but Apollo 8 would re-enter at approximated 25,000 miles per hour.  The forces of heat and deceleration would … Continue reading

Space Rocket History #169 – Apollo 8 – Christmas 1968  

Bill Anders: “We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.” “‘In the beginning God created the heaven and … Continue reading

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