Space Rocket History

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      Space Rocket History #252 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 3 – Rock ‘n’ Roll at Halo Crater


      The problem with running into the sun was it was so bright that Conrad and Bean could not see the moon’s surface features until they were right on top of them.


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      Space Rocket History #251 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 2 – Bench and Sharp Craters


      While Conrad led the way, Bean watched the ground for something interesting. It wasn’t easy to do field geology while running, and on the moon.  


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      Space Rocket History #250 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 1 – Head Crater – Tang Ceremony


      Pete and Al could not hear the excited shouts of the geologists in the back room down the hall from mission control, but they knew they had found something significant.


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      Space Rocket History #249 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 1 – Part 3


      Most of the remaining moon walk time was spent collecting rock samples, making surface observations such as the small mounds or hills, and taking pictures.


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      Space Rocket History #248 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 1 – Part 2 – ALSEP


      According to the checklist, Bean was allowed 5 minutes to gain his balance and learn to walk on the Moon. Bean was amazed at his new buoyancy saying, “You can jump up in the air…”  But Conrad wanted to press … Continue reading →


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       2018-03-21  32m
       
       

      Space Rocket History #247 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 1 – Part 1


      “The old Surveyor, yes sir. It can’t be any more than 600 feet from here. How about that?” (Pete Conrad.)


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       2018-03-14  37m
       
       

      Space Rocket History #246 – Apollo 12 – Pin Point Landing Part 2 – Right Down the Middle of the Road


      “Hey, there it is! There it is! Son of a gun, right down the middle of the road! Look out there! I can’t believe it! Fantastic!”  Pete Conrad when he saw his landing site.


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       2018-03-07  39m
       
       

      Space Rocket History #245 – Apollo 12 – Pin Point Landing Part 1 – Right Down the Middle of the Road


      There was adrenaline in Pete Conrad’s voice as he counted down the last seconds before ignition. He and Bean were still weightless, but their bodies were secured to the cabin floor by harnesses. “Seven, six, five.”  Conrad pushed the PROCEED … Continue reading →


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       2018-02-28  31m
       
       

      Space Rocket History #244 – Apollo 12 – Lunar Orbit


      At 83 hours mission elapsed time, the long lunar coast was almost over. It was time for the lunar orbit insertion burn. This burn would put Yankee Clipper and Intrepid into lunar orbit.


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       2018-02-21  34m
       
       

      Space Rocket History #243 – Apollo 12 – TLI and the Coast


      It was impossible to check out the entire spacecraft; that could only be done on the ground. In the short time available, Griffin’s team ran a pre-maneuver check list, re-aligned the CSM platform, and discussed proceeding with the mission with … Continue reading →


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       2018-02-14  29m