Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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Space Rocket History #289 – Apollo 13 – Splashdown

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“During blackout every team member does his own soul searching, reviewing the decisions and the data, knowing they had to be nearly perfect and knowing how tough perfection is.” Gene Kranz...

Space Rocket History #288 – Apollo 13 – Re-entry

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To Kranz and his team, this crew was special. They just could not lose them.  Failure was not an option...

Space Rocket History #287 – Apollo 13 – Separation Anxiety

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Three hours before dawn, Gene Kranz’ White Team took its place next to Windler’s Maroon Team controllers. The eighty hours of uncertainty were now past and mission control was down to Apollo 13’s final shift...

In Honor of China’s Moon Lander Chang’e-4 – An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #18 – Luna 2 and 3

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While the Mercury 7 were fulfilling their roles as symbols of space exploration, Korolev was once again offering the real thing. He now prepared to undertake the most demanding mission yet. The mission that would accomplish the next step in … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #286 – Apollo 13 – I Want My Power Up Checklist. Now!

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As If there were not enough problems, Houston still had not completed the command module power up checklist...

Space Rocket History #285 – Apollo 13 – More Problems

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From beneath the Lunar Modules floor there was a thud, then a hiss, then another thump that vibrated through the cabin...

Space Rocket History #284 – Apollo 13 – Mid-course Correction

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Swigert counted down five, four, three, two, one.” Lovell pressed the big red engine button set in the bulkhead and once again felt the vibration below his feet. “Ignition,” Lovell said to his crew-mates...

Space Rocket History #283 – Apollo 13 – Encouragement from the President

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In the White House, President Nixon was very concerned for the Apollo 13 crew. Since Apollo 8’s successful lunar orbit, just one month before his inauguration, Nixon had developed a fascination with moon flight and a special admiration for the … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #282 – Apollo 13 – Battery #2

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At the manned spacecraft center in Houston, Don Arabian was in Building 45 when battery number two in Aquarius’ descent stage exploded...

Space Rocket History #281 – Apollo 13 – Homeward Bound

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There was now cause for optimism in Mission Control. At the TELMU station, where the Lunar Module’s environmental signs were being continually monitored, the readings of the carbon dioxide concentrations aboard Aquarius were steadily dropping all day long...
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