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Apollo 50th Dec 3
Apollo 14 astronauts (left to right): Stuart A. “Stu” Roosa, Alan B. “Al” Shepard, Jr., and Edgar D. “Ed” Mitchell on December 3, 1970.
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Apollo 50th 12h
The Apollo 14 Saturn V S-II (second stage) has been fitted with an accumulator on the liquid oxygen line for the inboard (center) J-2 engine, one of five on the stage, to manage unusually high oscillations called Pogo that shut down the engine early on Apollo 13.
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Apollo 50th Dec 3
The Apollo 16 Command and Service Module number 113 (CSM-113) has completed an individual and combined systems test at the factory on December 3, 1970.
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Apollo 50th Nov 28
The Apollo 14 spacecraft integrated systems test has been delayed after a command failure of the guidance and navigation system of the Command Module Computer (CMC) on November 28, 1970.
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Apollo 50th 13h
"The name "Tranquility Base" was selected before the mission was flown, but nobody was told about it except Charlie Duke, who was CAPCOM for the Moon landing." Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Oral History notes by Robert Sherrod, December 4, 1970.
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Apollo 50th Nov 28
Map of the Fra Mauro Highlands and the Apollo 14 predicted landing point marked by the black line. The planned landing point is between the features known as Doublet Crater and Triplet Crater. Cone Crater is the large crater below the marked landing point.
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Apollo 50th Dec 1
The Liquid Transfer Demonstration for Apollo 14, built by the Zero Gravity Research Facility at Lewis Research Center. The liquid is being pumped between two tanks with baffles by a small hand pump, and will be compared with tanks without baffles.
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Apollo 50th Dec 2
"The delay [of the Apollo 14 Flight Readiness Test], however, is not expected to impact the January 31 launch date or the time set aside during Christmas so that launch personnel can be with their families." KSC press release, December 2, 1970.
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Apollo 50th Dec 3
Apollo 14 astronauts are scheduled for lunar descent training in Lunar Module Simulator number 2 (LMS-2) at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Kennedy, Florida, with Flight Director Gerald Griffin at the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, on December 3, 1970.
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Apollo 50th Nov 30
"One of [the scientists] put it very aptly when he said the rocks that were brought back from the Moon have turned out to be the "Rosetta stone of the universe."" Wernher von Braun, Cleveland State University, November 30, 1970.
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Gio Pagliari Nov 28
Space Age Artifact "Surveyor 2 lunar lander launched toward the Moon, Sept. 20, 1966, on an Atlas-Centaur rocket. The mission was designed to reconnoiter the lunar surface ahead of the Apollo missions that led to the first crewed lunar landing in 1969. "
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Apollo 50th Nov 27
Fourteen Rare-Earth Elements (REE) were analysed from lunar anorthosites and trace REEs from Apollo 11 lunar samples show a positive Eu anomaly, a larger amount of the element Europium than expected, according to Science magazine, November 27, 1970.
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Apollo 50th Dec 1
A researcher from Lewis Research Center preparing the Liquid Transfer Demonstration experiment for Apollo 14. The two tanks contain baffles of different designs that use surface tension, which is expected to aid liquid transfer onboard spacecraft.
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Apollo 50th Nov 30
The Apollo 14 replacement Command Module Computer (CMC), replaced following a command failure in the backup guidance system, has also been pulled on November 30, 1970, as tests indicate the problem may be with the computer system cabling.
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Apollo 50th Dec 3
Marshall Space Flight Center has signed a $21,029,756 contract modification through to March 31, 1973, with the Boeing Company for the Saturn V S-IC (first stage). The contract modification was necessary as Apollo program flights are spaced further apart than planned.
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Apollo 50th 14h
The Crawler-Transporter number 1 mishap on October 19, 1970, has been determined to be failure to follow operating procedures. Piston rods in three backup steering cylinders were bent with damage estimated at $8,000 to $10,000 each.
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Apollo 50th Dec 3
Apollo 9 photography with information on water and minerals in the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona, will be used by Native Americans to plan resource usage, according to Arthur M. Woll at the Earth Resources Program Review, December 1-3, 1970.
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Apollo 50th 13h
"Did Neil say [one small step for] "a" man? Aldrin: "I could have sworn he did at the time, but after listening to the tapes I don't think so."" Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Oral History notes by Robert Sherrod, December 4, 1970.
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Apollo 50th Dec 2
The Apollo 14 Flight Readiness Test (FRT), originally scheduled for December 14-15, 1970, has been delayed following problems with the spacecraft integrated systems test. The FRT has been rescheduled for December 17-18, 1970.
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Apollo 50th 11h
"Those who believe that an unmanned program is a cheaper equivalent of a manned program lack due appreciation for Apollo 11 and 12 and ignore future demands on our space systems." Astronaut Anthony W. “Tony” England, Letters to Science Magazine, December 4, 1970.
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