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Space Rocket History #236 – Apollo 12 – Command Module Pilot Richard “Dick” Gordon

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Michael Annis

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Space Rocket History #236 – Apollo 12 – Command Module Pilot Richard “Dick” Gordon

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After graduating from the University of Washington, Gordon joined the US Navy, and after his first exposure to planes decided to become a pilot. Gordon said “Once I found what the airplane could do for me, or I could do … Continue reading →

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Space Rocket History #235 – Apollo 12 – Introduction

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At NASA Headquarters, George Mueller and other planners created a far-reaching plan that Administrator Paine made even more ambitious in adapting it for Nixon’s Space Task Group. The task group’s timetable called for a twelve-man space station and a reusable … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #234 – Soyuz 6, 7, and 8 – Part 2 -The Vulcan Device

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The Vulcan device consisted of two major units. The first unit included various welding devices and a turn-table with samples of metals to be welded. The second unit consisted of an electric power pack, a protective shield which covered the … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #233 – Soyuz 6, 7, and 8 with Shonin, Kubasov, Filipchenko, Volkov, Gorbatko, Shatalov, Yeliseyev – Part 1

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Finally, on April 25, 1969 during a meeting of the Soyuz State Commission, it was decided that the solo and docking flights outlined for 1969 by design bureau OKB-1 would be combined into a joint flight of three spacecraft.  The … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #232 – Apollo 11 – Final Duties & World Reaction Part 2

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The round-the-world tour began on September 29th and lasted until November 5th covering 28 cities in 25 countries in 38 days. The astronauts’ wives were allowed to go along on the trip, as well as a large staff...

Space Rocket History #231 – Apollo 11 – Final Duties & World Reaction Part 1

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On August 10th, 1969 quarantine officially ended for the Apollo 11 crew, but that did not end the duties required for a flight of such magnitude. On August 12th, the Astronauts conducted a post flight press conference. They were greeted … Continue reading '...

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