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Apollo 50th 22m
The Apollo 12 Space Vehicle has completed the OAT (Overall Test) No. 1 (Plugs In) today.
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Victor Cohn in Washington Post has reported today that every scientist-astronaut except one had been removed from the lunar landing training list at NASA. Aside from Harrison Schmitt, the remainder have been supposedly assigned to Apollo Applications.
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Apollo 50th Aug 20
In a letter published by Washington Post today, former Secretary of State Dean Rusk has recommended that the United States "throw wide open the doors on international cooperation" and abandon the idea of the space race with the U.S.S.R.
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Apollo 50th Aug 19
Astronomers at McDonald Observatory in Texas are recording their first hits of the Lunar Ranging Retro-Reflector (LRRR) that was placed nearly a month ago by Apollo 11.
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Apollo 50th Aug 19
Chester M. Lee has been selected as Apollo Mission Director, NASA announced today. He succeeds George Hage who has been appointed as vice president at Boeing Company.
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Apollo 50th Aug 18
The Passive Seismic Experiment from Apollo 11 has just been switched back on for the second lunar day since deployment. The experiment was switched on again using a ground command from the Mission Control Center.
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Apollo 50th Aug 18
Analysis of a square foot of foil from the Solar Wind Experiment using a spectrometer will take several weeks according to Dr. Johannes Geiss. The Swiss physicist is the originator of the experiment which was designed to capture atomic particles from the Sun.
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Apollo 50th Aug 17
The Apollo 12 space vehicle has been electrically mated to the Saturn V launch vehicle today.
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Apollo 50th Aug 17
"The fact that it is the scientists [astronauts] who have been resigning while astronauts with test pilot backgrounds have been receiving unprecedented public acclaim makes it evident where the balance of power lies for the moment within NASA." New York Times today.
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Apollo 50th Aug 17
The White House is charging NASA with the majority of the $75,000 estimated cost of the state dinner in Los Angeles on August 13. NASA is also paying $2,800 for the luncheon in Houston for Apollo 11 on August the 12th.
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Apollo 50th Aug 17
Astronaut Michael Collins () announced he had no plans to fly in space again during interview on "Face the Nation" today. He gave his reasons for the decision as increasing difficulty to keep up with the rigorous training "year after year."
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Apollo 50th Aug 17
The three Apollo 11 astronauts appeared on TV show "Face the Nation" today. Neil Armstrong was optimistic about the goal of launching to Mars in 1981. Buzz Aldrin believed intermediate goals would need to be reached before committing to the 1981 date.
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Apollo 50th Aug 16
The Houston Astrodome coliseum is hosting a gala for Apollo 11 today. A total of 55,000 people are in attendance, filling the venue to capacity. The crowd is being entertained by Frank Sinatra, Nancy Ames, Flip Wilson and others.
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Apollo 50th Aug 16
Crowds are gathering in the Houston Astrodome for this evening's celebration of NASA and Apollo 11. Film from
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Apollo 50th Aug 16
The Apollo 11 parade in Houston, Texas today brought around quarter of a million people to see thirty one astronauts and family. The cheering crowds threw ticker tape, confetti, fake $100 and $1000 bills, filling the streets several feet deep with litter.
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Apollo 50th Aug 16
Judge John R. Brown today has granted Madalyn Murry O'Hair's request for a Federal court to hear the atheist's lawsuit that seeks to prevent on duty astronauts from practicing religion.
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Apollo 50th Aug 15
Astronaut Joseph Kerwin landed a T-33 jet trainer at Ellington Air Force Base on its belly today due to faulty landing gear. Kerwin is unhurt.
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Apollo 50th Aug 14
The Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia being unloaded from a Super Guppy aircraft at Long Beach Airport in California. Columbia is being delivered to North American Rockwell in Downey, California. Film from
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Apollo 50th Aug 14
"It was more than a tribute to three courageous and able men; it was also an act of homage to the hundreds of thousands of workers, engineers, technicians and scientists whose hard work over almost a decade made the moon landing possible." New York Times today.
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Apollo 50th Aug 14
The Command Module Columbia being loaded onto a Super Guppy jet transport at Ellington Air Force Base in Texas today.
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