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LesShoulder

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Re: APOLLO 50th. Anniversary Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2019, 12:15:57 PM »

 After the excitment of the Lunar module tests the rest of the mission was mainly routine systems checks and a great deal of photography,finally on 13th March after 10 days in space and a total time of 241 Hrs and 1 Min the Apollo 9 capsule splashed down 290 Kms east of the Bahamas at 12:01 pm E.S.T. , and the crew were recovered aboard the U.S.S.
 Guadalcanal ( this was the last American crewed recovery from the Atlantic Ocean, a record that might soon be broken! ).
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2019, 12:34:48 PM »

 In writing these posts I am reminded it was watching the t.v.  broadcasts of the Apollo 8 and onwards flights as a 13/14 year old  (on the B.B.C. of course,I do not think I have ever met anyone who watched on I.T.V. ) with the wise words of Patrick Moore and James Burke filling the airways that cemented my lifelong interest in astronautics.Exciting times indeed and looking forward to the upcoming resurgement in Moon flight interest.
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« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2019, 04:26:01 PM »

  Apollo 10 the full dress rehearsal for a Moon landing was launched May 18th 1969 at 12:49 E.D.T. ( 16:49 G.M.T. ) from pad 39B Kennedy Space Centre. Crewed by Commander : Thomas Stafford C.M.P.: John Young and L.M.P. : Eugene Cernan. The command module was call signed Charlie Brown and the lunar module was Snoopy, this was the last time a crew had free rein on choosing names as some thought they were getting too frivolous. In the first hours of the mission during the docking between the two craft the first live colour t.v. pictures from space were transmitted.
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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2019, 12:06:11 PM »

  At almost 76 hours into the mission the main SPS engine was fired sending the crafts into lunar orbit.After several orbits and after 98 hours into mission Stafford and Cernan undocked Snoopy and began their descent towards the lunar surface, after 2 hours 30 minutes they made the closest approach at just 47,000 ft (14.3 Km). As they prepared to rejoin Charlie Brown and jettisoning the descent stage, upon firing the ascent engine after unknowingly setting one switch in the wrong position the craft began to wildly occilate as it tried to do two opposite actions at once.After 3 minutes of great tension control was regained and Snoppy was redocked with the Command module after a total time of 8 Hours and 10 Minutes of free flight.
  So compleating (just) the final manoeuvres required to insure the next mission would be for a Moon landing.
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2019, 03:04:47 PM »

 Two hours after docking of Charlie Brown & Snoopy after transfer of film and equipment, the lunar ascent stage was jettisoned and an engine fire placed it into solar orbit ( a piece of space history which future generations can hunt for! ). After compleating 31 Lunar orbits lasting some 61 hours 30 minutes the main engine was fired and the return jouney to Earth began.
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« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2019, 10:33:08 AM »

 After 8 Days 3 and a bit Minutes the Apollo 10 capsule with Stafford,Young and Cernan aboard and after the fastest manned re-entry speed of 39,897 kph made a safe splashdown some 6.4Km from the recovery ship USS Princetown in the Pacific Ocean. So the stage was set for the ultimate prize of a manned landing on the Moon.
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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2019, 02:47:03 PM »

 At 09.32 E.D.T ( 13.32 G.M.T ) on 16 July 1969 in front of approx. 1 Million spectators and a t.v. viewing total of around 600 Million, from pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center, the Apollo 11 Mission began. Drawing on all the lessons learned in the previous flights, commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins and lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin crewing the Apollo capsule Columbia with the lunar lander Eagle set out for mankinds first steps on another world (moon).2 hours and 44 minutes later the 3rd (S-IVB ) stage of the Saturn V rocket re-ignited sending them out of Earth orbit on their way into the history books.
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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2019, 08:13:43 PM »

 After 3 uneventfull days Apollo 11 entered lunar Orbit 75 Hours 49 Minutes elapsed flight time.
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« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2019, 11:37:12 AM »

  With Armstrong and Aldrin entering the Lunar Module "Eagle" during it's 13th orbit of the Moon at 100 Hours and 12 Minutes ( 13.45 E.D.T. 17.45 G.M.T. on the 20th July ) after un-docking from the Command Module " Columbia " with Collins left on board the landing of the 1st men on the Moon began. At 102 Hours 45 Minutes ( 16.18 E.D.T. 20.18 G.M.T. ) after a roll-a-coaster ride of emotions for the watching millions with computer alarm warnings and low fuel state worries, " Houston, Tranquiity Base here. The Eagle has landed " announced to the world the beginning of Manned exploration of Space. Now we all awaited the first steps.
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« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2019, 09:36:05 AM »

  After confirming all systems were were working permission was granted for a stay on the Moon, and after Armstrong and Aldrin declined a sleep period preperation for the Lunar Moon walk comenced. At 02.56 G.M.T. ( should really be expressed as U.T.C. { all U.S. spaceflights use U.T.C. as their baseline } ) on the 21st July 109 Hours 24 Minutes into the mission Neil Armstrong stepped unto the Lunar surface, " That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind " is now embedded into the history books. Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface at 03.15 U.T.C. and the pair proceeded to deploy a small experiment package of a Solar Wind Experiment, a Passive Seismic package and a Laser Ranging Retro-reflector. And after collecting 21.55 Kg of rock and soil samples, the pair ended their E.V.A. at 05.09 U.T.C. and the Lunar Modules hatch was re-sealed 111 Hours 39 Minutes into mission. After a sleep period the "Eagle" lifted off from the surface at 17.54 U.T.C. and a re-docking with the "Columbia" command module took place at 21.32 U.T.C. reuniting all 3 crew members. The ascent stage of "Eagle" was jettisoned at 23.41 U.T.C.
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2019, 02:14:55 PM »

  During the 31st and final orbit of the Moon at 04.55 U.T.C., 135 Hours 23 Minutes into flight the Command Module main engine fired for Trans - Earth Injection and the journey home began.
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« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2019, 02:49:19 PM »

  An uneventful  return to Earth followed broken only by several live T.V. broadcasts, after 194 Hours 49 Minutes mission elapsed time at 16.21 U.T.C. on the 24th July the Command Module "Columbia"  separated from it's Service Module and began to re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Splashdown accured 169 degrees West , 13 degrees North in the Pacific Ocean after 195 Hours 18 Minutes total time at 16.50 U.T.C. ( 05.50 local ). The crew or Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were recovered by helicopter and taken to the U.S.S. Hornet to be met by President Nixon and begin a 14 day quarantine period.
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« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2019, 02:59:38 PM »

 So ended the 1st Manned Moon landing, to unprecedented world wide interest. After release from quarantine the crew faced a 45 day tour of 25 countries world wide. As the general public's attention returned to it's normal state of complete indifferance, N.A.S.A. having proved the theory could begin it's long term aim of scientific missions of discovery.
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