Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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Space Rocket History #216 – Apollo 11 – Transposition, Docking & Extraction

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Collins’ first task was to separate the command and service modules from the Saturn and proceed away from it a safe distance; then turn around and face it...

Space Rocket History #215 – Apollo 11 – Trans Lunar Injection

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As Apollo 11 passed over Western Australia, at T+2 hours 26 minutes Houston relayed to Collins, Armstrong, and Aldrin " through Carnarvon " formal permission to go to the moon. “Apollo 11, this is Houston. You are go for TLI.” … Continue reading '...

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #103 – Saturn Development 1957 – 1960

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Many historians agree, the U.S. took its first step toward the moon in the spring of 1957, four years before President Kennedy declared the national goal of landing a man on the Moon, and returning him safely to the Earth. … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #214 – Apollo 11 – The Climb to Orbit

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A Saturn V liftoff is spectacular, and the launch of Apollo 11 was no exception. But it didn’t give the audience any surprises. To the three Gemini-experienced pilots, who likened the sensation to the boost of a Titan II, it was a … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #213 – Apollo 11 – The Launch

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On July 16th 1969, nearly a million people crowded the Florida highways, byways, and beaches to watch man’s departure from the earth to walk on the moon. Twenty thousand guests looked on from special vantage points...

Space Rocket History #212 – Apollo 11 – Prelaunch

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In addition to the ordinary taxpayers who gathered on the beaches and roads of eastern Florida, 20,000 VIPs were invited by NASA to watch the lift off from viewing stands near the Vehicle Assembly Building...

Space Rocket History #211 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 3 & Contamination

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In addition to the fixed-base lunar module simulators in Houston and at the Cape, astronauts also practiced at Langley Research Center on the suspended lunar landing trainer which was equipped with realistic surface views and lighting...

Space Rocket History #210 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 2

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Steve Bales (Guido) made a new entry to the trajectory and guidance section of the rules book which excluded lunar module computer program alarms 1201 and 1202 from the abort list...

Space Rocket History #209 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 1

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Crew training for Apollo 11 was already complicated by the need to master the controls of two different and very complex spacecrafts, as well as the space suit, but now the mission took on new dimensions, principally in learning how … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #208 – Apollo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong – Part 3

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After his death, Armstrong was described, in a statement released by the White House, as “among the greatest of American heroes"not just of his time, but of all time.”...
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