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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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