Category: Moon Missions

Timeline of the Apollo 1 Fire that unfortunately took place 51 years ago today

(14 Dec. 1972) — An excellent view of the Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules (CSM) photographed from the Lunar Module (LM) “Challenger” during rendezvous and docking maneuvers in lunar orbit. The LM ascent stage, with astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt aboard, had just returned from the Taurus-Littrow landing site on the lunar surface. Astronaut Ronald E. Evans remained with the CSM in lunar orbit. Note the exposed Scientific Instrument Module (SIM) Bay in Sector 1 of the Service Module (SM). Three experiments are carried in the SIM bay: S-209 lunar sounder, S-171 infrared scanning spectrometer, and the S-169 far-ultraviolet spectrometer. Also mounted in the SIM bay are the panoramic camera, mapping camera and laser altimeter used in service module photographic tasks. A portion of the LM is on the right.

The Apollo 10 crew leaves the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building during the Apollo 10 prelaunch countdown. Leading is John Young, command module pilot, followed by Tom Stafford, commander; and Gene Cernan, lunar module pilot. The transfer van carried them over to Pad B, Launch Complex 39, where their spacecraft awaited them. Liftoff for the lunar orbit mission was at 12:49 p.m., May 18, 1969.

The first stage of the Saturn 505 launch vehicle being prepared for erection in the high bay area of the Kennedy Space Center’s  Vehicle Assembly Building. Saturn 505 is the launch vehicle for the Apollo 10 mission.

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 gondola in Building 29 after centrifuge training in the Manned Spacecraft Center’s Flight Acceleration Facility

The Apollo 13 spacecraft heads toward a splashdown in the South Pacific Ocean at 12:07:44 p.m., April 17, 1970.

A view of the smooth terrain in the general area of the North Ray Crater geological site, photographed by the Apollo 16 crew- John Young & Charlie Duke- from the Lunar Roving Vehicle. The RCA color television camera is mounted on the front of the LRV and can be seen in the foreground, along with a small part of the high gain antenna, upper left. The tracks were made on the earlier trip to the North Ray Crater site.

The Apollo 11 spacecraft Command Module (CM) and the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) are photographed aboard the USS Hornet. 

(8 Sept. 1969) — High-angle view at Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), showing the Apollo 12 (Spacecraft 108/ Lunar Module 6/ Saturn 507) space vehicle leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on the way to Pad A. The Saturn V stack and its mobile launch tower are atop a huge crawler-transporter. Apollo 12 is scheduled as the second lunar landing mission. The crew will be astronauts Charles Conrad Jr., commander; Richard F. Gordon Jr., command module pilot; and Alan L. Bean, lunar module pilot.