Space Rocket History

Space Rocket History

Michael Annis

Description: The history of rocketry and space exploration.

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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 '...

Space Rocket History #230 – Apollo 11 – Recovery, Nixon, & Quarantine

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The helicopter door slid open and Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins stepped out of the helicopter onto the lower deck of the carrier Hornet to the accompaniment of a brass band. They appeared to many, like men from another world. They … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #229 – Apollo 11 – Re-entry & Splashdown

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At launch, Apollo 11 weighed 6,000,000 pounds, now all that was left of Columbia weighed in at a mere 11,000 pounds...

Space Rocket History #228 – Apollo 11 – The Return

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The next critical event in the Apollo 11 mission was the Trans-Earth Injection burn. The burn involved firing the big service propulsion engine for two and a half minutes on the back side of the moon...

Space Rocket History #227 – Apollo 11 – Rendezvous, Docking and Jettisoning

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The ascent of the Eagle was strikingly swift compared with the liftoff of the huge Saturn V rocket from Cape Canaveral. Of course for the Moon launch, there was no atmosphere resisting Eagle, and there was only one-sixth gravity to … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #226 – Apollo 11 – Moon Launch

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Until now they had been focused on reaching the moon, landing, taking a walk on its surface, setting up experiments, exploring, and gathering evidence. With those tasks completed and their lunar bounty was board, the top priority was to fly … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #225 – Apollo 11 – Moonwalk – Part 3

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Without a word to Houston, while Buzz made his way back to Eagle, Armstrong took off running. Long strides carried Armstrong into the sun’s glare to the edge of a crater that looked to be 80 feet across and 15 … Continue reading '...

Space Rocket History #224 – Apollo 11 – Moonwalk – Part 2 – One Priceless Moment

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Support Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims through the Red Cross. “For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man, all the people on this earth are truly one. One in their pride in what you have done. And one … Continue reading '...

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #26 – Why the Moon?

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“We have been plunged into a race for the conquest of outer space. As a reason for this undertaking some look to the new and exciting scientific discoveries which are certain to be made. Others feel the challenge to transport … Continue reading '...
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