Category: Manned Spacecraft Center

Dr. Robert R. Gilruth talks about the Apollo 6…

Dr. Robert R. Gilruth talks about the Apollo 6 unmanned mission’s returned spacecraft during a visit to Houston by vice-presidential nominee Spiro T. Agnew.

Frank Borman, Apollo 8 commander, egresses the…

Frank Borman, Apollo 8 commander, egresses the gondola in Building 29 after centrifuge training in the Manned Spacecraft Center’s Flight Acceleration Facility

(22 Jan. 1968) — Dr. Robert R. Gilruth (…

(22 Jan. 1968) — Dr. Robert R. Gilruth (right), MSC Director, sits with Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr., MSC director of flight operations, at his flight operations director console in the Mission Control Center, Building 30, during the Apollo 5 (LM-1/Saturn 204) unmanned space mission.

(November 1968) — The prime crew of the …

(November 1968) — The prime crew of the Apollo 9 (Spacecraft 104/Lunar Module 3/Saturn 504) space mission participates in water egress training in a tank in Building 260 at the Manned Spacecraft Center. Egressing the Apollo command module boilerplate is astronaut James A. McDivitt, commander. In life raft are astronauts David R. Scott (background), command module pilot; and Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot.

(22 Oct. 1968) — The Apollo 7 crew arriv…

(22 Oct. 1968) — The Apollo 7 crew arrives aboard the USS Essex, the prime recovery ship for the mission. Left to right, are astronauts Walter M. Schirra Jr., commander; Donn F. Eisele, command module pilot; Walter Cunningham, lunar module pilot; and Dr. Donald E. Stullken, NASA Recovery Team Leader from the Manned Spacecraft Center’s (MSC) Landing and Recovery Division. The crew is pausing in the doorway of the recovery helicopter.

(16 April 1970) — Discussion in the Miss…

(16 April 1970) — Discussion in the Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) dealing with the Apollo 13 crewmen during their final day in space. From left to right are Glynn S. Lunney, Shift 4 flight director; Gerald D. Griffin, Shift 2 flight director; astronaut James A. McDivitt, manager, Apollo Spacecraft Program, MSC; Dr. Donald K. Slayton, director of Flight Crew Operations, MSC; and Dr. Willard R. Hawkins, M.D., Shift 1 flight surgeon.

(29 July 1971) — The seismometer reading from the impact…

(29 July 1971) — The seismometer reading from the impact made by the Apollo 15 Saturn S-IVB stage when it struck the lunar surface is studied by scientists in the Mission Control Center. Dr. Gary Latham (dark suit, wearing lapel button) of the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory (Columbia University) is responsible for the design and experiment data analysis of the Passive Seismic Experiment (PSE) of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP). The S-IVB impact will assist in calibrating the Apollo 14 PSE readouts as well as providing comparative reading between Apollo 12 and Apollo 14 seismometers forming the first two stations of a lunar surface seismic network. (The Apollo 11 seismometer is no longer functioning.) The man on the left, writing, is Nafi Toksos of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Looking on at upper left is Dave Lammlein, also with the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory. The Apollo 15 S-IVB impacted at 79:29:40 ground elapsed time at 11.8 degrees west longitude and 1.0 degree south latitude. The Apollo 15, Apollo 14, and Apollo 12 seismometers will register the lunar impact of the Apollo 15 Lunar Module ascent stage.