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!

Sep 11

Space Rocket History #316 – Apollo 14 – Solo Flight Over the Moon & Lunar Geology

With the Hycon camera down, Roosa would have to step in and use a Hasselblad with a 500 mm lens, to take detailed photos of the Apollo 16 potential landing site.  If Roosa did nothing else, he had to return to earth with pictures of Descartes that would be good enough to plan a lunar landing. 

Jul 31

Space Rocket History #310 – Apollo 14 – Lunar Orbit

The first extended use of the Service Propulsion System engine on the Command and Service module was for the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) burn.

Jul 24

Space Rocket History #309 – Apollo 14 – The Long Coast

Mitchell kept his plan a secret from NASA, knowing that the agency would be completely unreceptive to the idea. He said nothing about it to his crewmates. The test subjects had also agreed to keep quiet.

Jul 03

Space Rocket History #307 – Apollo 14 – The Climb to Orbit & TLI

“The approaching dusk and the damp mistiness left by the now-departed rainstorm only enhanced the spectacular sight and the sound of the launch. Tentacles of flame erupted on either side of the bottom of the Saturn V, which seemed to sit in its own cauldron of fire momentarily before breaking free of its shackles, as four hold-down arms at the base of the launch pad and five access arms along the outside of the booster swung away.” (Smoke Jumper, Moon Pilot by Willie Moseley)