By David M. Harland

With its moonwalks, deployment of a geophysical station and geological sampling, Apollo 12 did what many had was hoping will be accomplished by means of the 1st males to land at the Moon. It spectacularly tested the precision touchdown potential required for the good fortune of destiny lunar floor explorations.

Apollo 12 - at the Ocean of Storms

  • contains over 30 web page of colour pictures, together with high-resolution scans lately produced through NASA from the unique Hasselblad movie;
  • covers the venture from its making plans via to finishing touch;
  • includes conversations one of the team within the spacecraft that weren't transmitted;
  • in the definitive 'popular' account of this challenge.

This is the 1st time in forty years that the tale of the Apollo 12 undertaking to the Moon has bene advised in its entirety, utilizing professional files, flight transcripts, and post-mission debriefing to recreate the drama.

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PREPARING THE SPACE VEHICLE Even after the production lines had been established, it took several years to produce the launch vehicle and spacecraft for the Apollo 12 mission. The Saturn V launch vehicle comprised the S-IC first stage, the S-II second stage, the S-IVB third stage and the instrument unit. Preparing the space vehicle 31 Starting at the base, the S-IC comprised the thrust structure, fuel tank, intertank, oxidiser tank and forward skirt. It stood 138 feet tall and its cylindrical body was 33 feet in diameter.

A portion of Lunar Orbiter 3 frame H-154 showing the specific area in which Surveyor 3 landed. The outline shows the area covered by the next illustration. '■ i Landing site selection 1 * A close up of Lunar Orbiter 3 frame H-154 showing the crater in which Surveyor 3 landed, with the inferred position of the lander indicated by the arrow. ) 23 24 Planning and preparations ' ■ ' ■ • ' .

Webb had authorised a manned Saturn V launch in December, but the decision on whether to fly to the Moon must await the outcome of the Apollo 7 test flight. On 19 August Phillips directed that if AS-503 was manned and lacked a LM, the mission was to be designated C-prime irrespective of where the spacecraft went. Then McDivitt's crew would ride AS-504 and fly the D-mission with CSM-104 and LM-3. The E-mission had been deleted. Later that day, Phillips told the press that if the flight of CSM-101 was a success, AS-503 would be manned and that since the LM would not be ready in time this would be a CSM-only mission; by not mentioning the option of leaving Earth orbit, he readily conveyed the impression of a mission confined to Earth orbit.

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