Jul 11

Space Rocket History #262 – Apollo 13 – Commander Jim Lovell

Lovell completed four space flights and is one of only three men to travel to the Moon twice. Lovell accrued over 715 hours spent in space, and he saw a total of 269 sunrises from space on his Gemini and Apollo flights.

1966 photo of Jim Lovell posing with Gemini-Titan model

Jim Lovell at the Command Module Guidance and Navigation station during the Apollo 8 mission

Lovell in front of the launch pad before the Apollo 13 mission

Jul 05

Space Rocket History #261 – Apollo 13 – Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise

At thirty-six, Haise was the youngest member of the crew of Apollo 13, and his black hair and angular features made him seem younger still.

Fred Haise in 1966

Fred Haise suits up for Apollo 13

Fred Haise in front of Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1976

Jun 27

Space Rocket History #260 – Apollo 13 – Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert

John Leonard Swigert Jr. aka Jack Swigert was born on August 30, 1931 in Denver, Colorado to parents John Leonard Sr. and Virginia Swigert.

Jack Swigert Apollo 13 CMP

Swigert on his fur chair

Astronaut Jack Swigert poses with model of the LM

Jun 20

Space Rocket History #259 – Apollo 13 – Introduction – Part 2

Just before the mission began things started to go wrong. The weekend before launch Charlie Duke, the backup lunar module pilot, came down with a case of German measles.

The original crew of Apollo 13

Apollo 13 backup crew

Apollo 13 actual crew, Lovell, Swigert, Haise

Jun 13

Space Rocket History #258 – Apollo 13 – Introduction – Part 1

Targeted for touchdown on the third lunar landing was a place known as the Fra Mauro range, a stretch of rugged, Appalachian-type mounds 110 miles east of the Apollo 12 landing site.

Apollo 13 Mission Patch

The planned destination of Apollo 13, Fra Mauro

Apollo 13 insignia

Jun 06

Space Rocket History #257 – Apollo 12 – Return, Re-entry and Splashdown

Ten days ago, their Saturn V rocket had blasted Bean and his crew mates out of earth’s gravitational pull. Now their home planet was pulling them back at more than 24,000 miles per hour, twelve times faster than a high-speed rifle bullet. “Boy,” said Bean, “we are really hauling!”

Apollo 12 splashdown

Apollo 12 recovery

Apollo 12 mobile quarantine

May 30

Space Rocket History #256 – Apollo 12 – Leaving the Moon

Dick Gordon opened the tunnel to Intrepid, saw his companions floating in a dirty cloud of moon dust, and slammed the hatch closed. He called out, “You guys ain’t gonna mess up my nice clean spacecraft!”

LM Rendezvous Radar and CSM Target Orientation

LM docking with CM over the Moon

Intrepid descent stage

May 23

Space Rocket History #255 – Apollo 12 – Lunar Liftoff

After a total of 31.6 hours on the moon, the Lunar Module ascent stage fired for about 7 minutes placing Intrepid into an orbit of 10 miles by 54 miles.

Post EVA 2 checklist

Pan view out of Intrepid’s windows

Post EVA Cabin Cleanup Checklist