Nov 06

50th Anniversary Special – An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #224 – Apollo 11 – Moonwalk – Part 2 – One Priceless Moment

“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 in our prayers that you will return safely to earth” President Nixon.

Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD

The flag was not a territorial claim but was intended as a symbol of freedom and to identify the nation that achieved the first landing

Aldrin’s boot during soil mechanics test

Oct 30

Space Rocket History #322 – Apollo 14 – Recovery & Conclusion

Alan Shepard’s wife Louise was elated after watching on TV as Shepard boarded a Navy ship bound for Houston, where he would be safe behind the glass windows of the post-flight quarantine room.

Oct 23

Space Rocket History #321 – Apollo 14 – Splashdown

Gradually, as Mitchell worked and glanced at the bright crescent, he was filled with a quiet euphoria, great tranquillity, and an overpowering sense of understanding. It was as if he had suddenly begun to hear a new language, one being spoken by the universe itself.

Oct 16

Space Rocket History #320 – Apollo 14 – Docking & Alexei Leonov

Would the docking probe that caused so much difficulty a week ago during the first docking work now or would Shepard and Mitchell be forced into a space walk in Lunar orbit?

Oct 09

Space Rocket History #319 – Apollo 14 – Lunar Lift-off

141:45:30 Shepard: Okay. The abort stage is set. Ascent Engine is Armed. 6, 5, 4…

141:45:38 Mitchell: Proceed with the ignition program

141:45:38 Shepard: …3, 2, 1, 0…

141:45:42 Mitchell: Ignition.

141:45:43 Shepard: We have ignition…

141:45:44 Mitchell: What a lift-off!

Oct 02

Space Rocket History #318 – Apollo 14 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 2 – How about a round of golf?

“It was terribly, terribly frustrating; coming up over that ridge that we were going up, and thinking, finally, that was it; and it wasn’t – suddenly recognizing that, really, you just don’t know where you are.” Ed Mitchell

Sep 25

50th Anniversary Special – An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #223 – Apollo 11 – Moonwalk – Part 1

Silently and carefully, Armstrong raised his left boot over the lip of the footpad and lowered it to the dust. Immediately he tested his weight, bouncing in the gentle gravity, and when he felt firm ground, he was still, one foot on the last vestige of earthly things, the other on the moon. Then he spoke:

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Armstrong descending the ladder

Neil on the footpad, about to step on the moon

Buzz descending the ladder

Sep 18

Space Rocket History #317 – Apollo 14 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 1 – The Rim of Cone Crater

The majority of the second moonwalk was dedicated to reaching the rim of Cone Crater.  The wide, deep geological gold mine, which scientists believed was actually the remains of an ancient volcano.