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Space Rocket History #266 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

8/16/2018
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Swigert: I believe we’ve had a problem here! CapComm: This is Houston. Say again, please. Lovell: Houston, we’ve had a problem.

Duration:00:32:44

Space Rocket History #265 – Apollo 13 – Translunar Coast – The Calm Before the Storm

8/9/2018
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As Lovell prepared for the thruster adjustments, Haise finished closing down the LEM and drifted through the tunnel back toward the command module and Swigert threw the switch to stir all 4 cryogenic tanks.

Duration:00:33:02

Space Rocket History #264 – Apollo 13 – Orbit, Translunar Injection, Docking, and Extraction

7/31/2018
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Milt Windier’s team at mission control quickly reviewed the status of the remaining four engines, ran the computations for the new engine cutoff times, and passed them to the crew.

Duration:00:30:51

Space Rocket History #263 – Apollo 13 – The Launch

7/25/2018
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During the Apollo era, North American-Downey built the Apollo Command & Service Module. After each completed spacecraft, Nasa conducted formal reviews of the build paper work before each vehicle was accepted for flight.

Duration:00:35:35

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #169 – Apollo 8 – Christmas 1968

7/18/2018
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Bill Anders: “We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.” “‘In the beginning God created the heaven and … Continue reading →

Duration:00:41:24

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

7/11/2018
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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 … Continue reading →

Duration:00:33:02

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

7/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:35:08

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

6/27/2018
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John Leonard Swigert Jr. aka Jack Swigert was born on August 30, 1931 in Denver, Colorado to parents John Leonard Sr. and Virginia Swigert.

Duration:00:34:01

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

6/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:32:47

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

6/13/2018
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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.

Duration:00:33:21

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

6/6/2018
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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 … Continue reading →

Duration:00:36:58

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

5/30/2018
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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!”

Duration:00:32:53

Space Rocket History #255 – Apollo 12 – Lunar Liftoff

5/23/2018
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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.

Duration:00:35:19

An Encore Presentation of the Space Rocket History #122 – Apollo: Serious Problems with the Lunar Module and Grumman

5/16/2018
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Toward the end of January 1967, it was revealed that Lunar Module 1 would not reach the Cape in February, as expected. This meant, the moon landing might be delayed because the lander was not ready. But the mission planners … Continue reading →

Duration:00:44:27

Space Rocket History #254 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 5 – Blocky Crater & Closeout

5/9/2018
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Conrad and Bean now walked north, up Surveyor Crater’s 14 degree slope. Fatigue set in as Pete and Al walked up the crater wall. The hand tool carrier was nearly full of rocks now and Bean felt the full weight … Continue reading →

Duration:00:33:46

Space Rocket History #253 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 4 – Surveyor Crater & Surveyor 3

5/2/2018
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Surveyor 3 was now to their right, 300 feet away, gleaming in the morning sunlight. Antennas and sensors still reached upward from its tubular frame, just as they had on April 20, 1967, when the spacecraft thumped onto the moon … Continue reading →

Duration:00:34:41

An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #145 – Surveyors 2 – 7 with a Little Apollo 12

4/25/2018
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The primary objectives of the Surveyor program, were to support the Apollo landings by: (1) developing and validating the technology for landing softly on the Moon; (2) providing data on the compatibility of the Apollo design with conditions encountered on … Continue reading →

Duration:00:52:39

Space Rocket History #252 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 3 – Rock ‘n’ Roll at Halo Crater

4/18/2018
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The problem with running into the sun was it was so bright that Conrad and Bean could not see the moon’s surface features until they were right on top of them.

Duration:00:31:48

Space Rocket History #251 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 2 – Bench and Sharp Craters

4/11/2018
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While Conrad led the way, Bean watched the ground for something interesting. It wasn’t easy to do field geology while running, and on the moon.

Duration:00:26:46

Space Rocket History #250 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 1 – Head Crater – Tang Ceremony

4/4/2018
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Pete and Al could not hear the excited shouts of the geologists in the back room down the hall from mission control, but they knew they had found something significant.

Duration:00:44:18