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

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 → The post Space Rocket History #254 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 5 – Blocky Crater & Closeout first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

33mins

9 May 2018

Rank #1

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

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.   The post Space Rocket History #251 – Apollo 12 – Moonwalk 2 – Part 2 – Bench and Sharp Craters first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

26mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Space Rocket History #332 – Soyuz 11/Salyut 1 – The Fire & SRH 7th Year Celebration

Just before the start of another communication session, Volkov noticed a smell of smoke from somewhere at the rear of the station. As soon as communication with the ground was established, he reported:  “Aboard the station is ‘the curtain’!” The post Space Rocket History #332 – Soyuz 11/Salyut 1 – The Fire & SRH 7th Year Celebration first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

44mins

12 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Space Rocket History #311 – Apollo 14 – Lunar Landing – Part 1

While checking the lander’s guidance software, during a final practice run for the landing, engineers in mission control detected that the computer was receiving an errant signal from the abort pushbutton. The post Space Rocket History #311 – Apollo 14 – Lunar Landing – Part 1 first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

30mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Space Rocket History #287 – Apollo 13 – Separation Anxiety

Three hours before dawn, Gene Kranz’ White Team took its place next to Windler’s Maroon Team controllers. The eighty hours of uncertainty were now past and mission control was down to Apollo 13’s final shift. The post Space Rocket History #287 – Apollo 13 – Separation Anxiety first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

32mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Space Rocket History #313 – Apollo 14 – Moonwalk 1 – Part 1 – Color TV From the Moon

“Al is on the surface. And it’s been a long way, but we’re here.” Alan Shepard The post Space Rocket History #313 – Apollo 14 – Moonwalk 1 – Part 1 – Color TV From the Moon first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

32mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Space Rocket History #324 – Soyuz 10 with Shatalov, Yeliseyev and Rukavishnikov

The objective of the Soyuz 10 mission was to deliver and return to earth the first crew of Salyut 1.  The Soyuz was to hard dock with Salyut 1 and then the crew was to transfer internally to the station. … Continue reading → The post Space Rocket History #324 – Soyuz 10 with Shatalov, Yeliseyev and Rukavishnikov first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

28mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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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. The post Space Rocket History #309 – Apollo 14 – The Long Coast first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

33mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Space Rocket History #267 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 2

By the time Flight Director Kranz heard Lovell’s report, of “Houston, we’ve had a problem. ” three controllers had reported related problems. Kranz was wondering which problem Lovell was reporting, as he started relaying the long list of warning indications … Continue reading → The post Space Rocket History #267 – Apollo 13 – “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” – Part 2 first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

29mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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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. The post Space Rocket History #310 – Apollo 14 – Lunar Orbit first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

30mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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Space Rocket History #288 – Apollo 13 – Re-entry

To Kranz and his team, this crew was special. They just could not lose them.  Failure was not an option. The post Space Rocket History #288 – Apollo 13 – Re-entry first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

28mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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50th Anniversary Special – An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #221 – Apollo 11 – Lunar Landing – Part 3

“Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.” The post 50th Anniversary Special – An Encore Presentation of Space Rocket History #221 – Apollo 11 – Lunar Landing – Part 3 first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

45mins

20 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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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 … Continue reading → The post Space Rocket History #307 – Apollo 14 – The Climb to Orbit & TLI first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

31mins

3 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Space Rocket History #289 – Apollo 13 – Splashdown

“During blackout every team member does his own soul searching, reviewing the decisions and the data, knowing they had to be nearly perfect and knowing how tough perfection is.” Gene Kranz The post Space Rocket History #289 – Apollo 13 – Splashdown first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

28mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Space Rocket History #285 – Apollo 13 – More Problems

From beneath the Lunar Modules floor there was a thud, then a hiss, then another thump that vibrated through the cabin. The post Space Rocket History #285 – Apollo 13 – More Problems first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

31mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Space Rocket History #308 – Apollo 14 – Transposition, Docking & Extraction

Docking was a delicate maneuver, since both ships were traveling at nearly five miles per second, but the docking mechanism itself was one of the simplest on the entire spacecraft, and the docking procedure had been perfected on previous Apollo flights, … Continue reading → The post Space Rocket History #308 – Apollo 14 – Transposition, Docking & Extraction first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

34mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Space Rocket History #323 – Salyut 1

In record time, the OKB-1 rebels led by Yuri Semenov developed the space station designated DOS-7K. The station used the body of a vehicle from the Almaz project, but outfitted it with modified systems from the Soyuz spacecraft. The post Space Rocket History #323 – Salyut 1 first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

31mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Space Rocket History #281 – Apollo 13 – Homeward Bound

There was now cause for optimism in Mission Control. At the TELMU station, where the Lunar Module’s environmental signs were being continually monitored, the readings of the carbon dioxide concentrations aboard Aquarius were steadily dropping all day long. The post Space Rocket History #281 – Apollo 13 – Homeward Bound first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

30mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #18

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Space Rocket History #286 – Apollo 13 – I Want My Power Up Checklist. Now!

As If there were not enough problems, Houston still had not completed the command module power up checklist. The post Space Rocket History #286 – Apollo 13 – I Want My Power Up Checklist. Now! first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

30mins

16 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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Space Rocket History #314 – Apollo 14 – Moonwalk 1 – Part 2 – Fueling the Nuke

A small plutonium source was used to power the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) that would provide electric power for the ALSEP experiments.  Ed Mitchell performed the delicate maneuver of inserting the fuel capsule into the RTG. The post Space Rocket History #314 – Apollo 14 – Moonwalk 1 – Part 2 – Fueling the Nuke first appeared on Space Rocket History Podcast.

30mins

28 Aug 2019

Rank #20