Jul 15

Space Rocket History #343 – Apollo 15 – Falcon on the Moon

It was immediately clear that Falcon had landed on uneven ground, right on the rim of a small crater; the LM was tipped backward at a slight angle. It turned out that one of the rear feet had landed in a shallow crater.

Jul 01

Space Rocket History #342 – Apollo 15 – Lunar Orbit & Landing

Craning to look through the triangular window for a glimpse of the land ahead, Scott saw no sign of Hadley Rille.

Jun 17

Space Rocket History #341 – Apollo 15 – Serious Problems

The SPS engine was used for all the future burns.   It was the astronauts ticket home.  Any doubt as to whether it could fire raised the question as to whether the mission could continue.

Jun 03

Space Rocket History #340 – Apollo 15 – Climb to Orbit

For Scott all feelings were forgotten. All senses except sight were subordinated. All Scott’s concentration was focused on hearing information from Irwin, Worden and Mission Control about the status of the spacecraft and the Saturn V.

May 20

Space Rocket History #339 – Apollo 15 – The Launch

The last face they saw was Guenter’s, smiling and waving an enormous crescent wrench. Then the heavy hatch closed with a deep thunk.

May 06

Space Rocket History #338 – Apollo 15 – CDR Dave Scott Part 2 & The Postal Covers Incident

As Command Module Pilot for Apollo 9, Scott’s responsibilities were heavy. The Lunar Module was to separate from the Command and Service Module during the mission; if it failed to return, Scott would have to run the entire spacecraft for reentry, normally a three-man job.

Jun 12

Space Rocket History #304 – Apollo 14 – Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. – Part 4

Even with all the problems, Shepard piloted the Lunar Module Antares to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program. Shepard became the fifth and, at the age of 47, the oldest man to walk on the Moon, and the only one of the Mercury Seven astronauts to do so.

May 01

Space Rocket History #299 – Apollo 14 – Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa

As a Smoke Jumper, Roosa parachuted into at least four active fires in Oregon and California during the 1953 fire season.