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2007-07-16 15:00:00

Accelerating from 0 to 60 then slowing down for a stop light is no problem for an ordinary automobile. But if you were piloting a rocketship, it wouldn't be so easy. Most rocket engines are designed to burn full-on (liftoff!) or full-off (coasting through space) with no in-between. And that can be a problem--namely, how do you land this thing? Throttling is crucial for a planetary lander. Descending from orbit is a unique balancing act, cutting engine power as the lander losses mass through...

2006-10-11 09:25:00

"She is riding like a dream." So said mission commander Walter Schirra as Apollo 7 rocketed into history on Oct. 11, 1968. During the 10-day mission, Apollo 7's crew -- Commander Walter Schirra, Command Service Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele and Lunar Module Pilot R. Walter Cunningham--paved the way for the missions to follow. Once Apollo 7 cleared the pad, a three-shift mission control team-led by flight directors Glynn Lunney, Eugene Kranz and Gerald D. Griffin in Houston took over. A little...

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2006-08-14 13:40:00

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Jim Snoddy and other NASA engineers didn't just go to the drawing board or a warehouse when they needed ideas - and parts - for America's next lunar rocket. They went to space museums. Facing tight deadlines and uncertain budgets as it works on President Bush's plan to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars, NASA is both cannibalizing and analyzing pieces of its glory years, namely the Apollo program that first put humans on the lunar surface in 1969. Snoddy, a...

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2006-05-01 07:25:00

NASA researchers are mining old Apollo seismic data for clues to lunar meteoroid impacts Up on the Moon, the sky is falling. "Every day, more than a metric ton of meteoroids hits the Moon," says Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center's Meteoroid Environment Office. They literally fall out of the sky, in all shapes and sizes, from specks of comet dust to full-blown asteroids, traveling up to a hundred thousand mph. And when they hit, they do not disintegrate harmlessly in the...

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2006-01-31 07:30:00

NASA -- Moondust. "I wish I could send you some," says Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Just a thimbleful scooped fresh off the lunar surface. "It's amazing stuff." Feel it -- it's soft like snow, yet strangely abrasive. Taste it -- "not half bad," according to Apollo 16 astronaut John Young. Sniff it -- "it smells like spent gunpowder," says Cernan. How do you sniff moondust? Every Apollo astronaut did it. They couldn't touch their noses to the lunar surface. But, after every...

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2005-07-23 18:15:21

STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- As a longtime engineer for Grumman Corp., Joel Schachter helped design parts for the space vehicle that landed man on the moon. Today, the 65-year-old aerospace expert earns a more down-to-earth living, climbing onto roofs and slithering into crawl spaces as surely the most overqualified home inspector in the Poconos. Tutoring first-time home buyers on the finer points of furnaces, roofs and septic systems might seem a bit of a comedown after spending more than 30 years...

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2005-07-12 07:00:00

For the first time since the 1970s, a NASA spacecraft will get clear pictures of Apollo relics on the Moon. Inside the lunar lander Challenger, a radio loudspeaker crackled. Houston: "We've got you on television now. We have a good picture." Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 commander: "Glad to see old Rover's still working." "Rover," the moon buggy, sat outside with no one in the driver's seat, its side-mounted TV camera fixed on Challenger. Back in Houston and around the world, millions watched. The...

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2005-04-19 18:37:34

HOUSTON (AP) -- A group of engineers was honored Tuesday for concocting a plan using plastic bags, cardboard and duct tape to save Apollo 13's astronauts after their spacecraft was crippled by an explosion 35 years ago. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert would have died without the engineers' quick thinking, said John Schneiter, president of GlobalSpec, the New York company that presented the award - a crystal globe. Sunday marked the 35th anniversary of the spacecraft's...

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2005-04-19 10:20:00

HOUSTON (AP) -- A group of engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center used plastic bags, cardboard and duct tape to provide astronauts aboard Apollo 13 with clean air to breathe after their spacecraft was crippled by an explosion 35 years ago. The engineers' work to save astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert was to be recognized Tuesday by a company that runs an engineering search engine. Engineers, astronauts and flight controllers were expected for a ceremony at the space...


Latest Apollo Lunar Module Reference Libraries

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2010-10-29 20:31:07

Harrison Schmitt was a NASA astronaut, and is also an American geologist. He was born Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt on July 3, 1935 in Santa Rita, New Mexico. After high school, he went to the California Institute of Technology and received a B.S. degree in science in 1957. He then went to Norway to study geology at the University of Oslo. In 1964, Schmitt earned a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University. After receiving his doctorate, he worked at the U.S. Geological Survey's...

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2010-10-29 20:07:02

David Scott was a NASA astronaut who was the seventh person to walk on the Moon and the first person to drive on the Moon. He was born David Randolph Scott on June 6, 1932 on Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. As a child, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and graduated from The Western High School in Washington, D.C. in June 1949, as an honor student and a record setting swimmer. After his first year of college, he received an invitation to attend West Point where he...

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