The Apollo Lunar Module Simulator used by the astronauts to practice landings on the Moon while at Kennedy Space Center is now on display at the Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For Apollo 11, Commander Neil Armstrong would be standing at the controls at left, while Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin stood at right. Note the small hatch below the control panel through which they would have to crawl through to get in and out […]
Lunar Module-2 built my Grumman Aerospace Corporation in the mid-1960s was held by NASA as a spare if the unmanned test flight of Lunar Module-1 was not successful. Following the successful completion of that flight, there was no longer an urgent need to fly LM-2 in space so the vehicle remained Earthbound and was used in integration testing with other components of the flight hardware, especially the Saturn V rocket. By 1969 NASA had no further need for LM-2 so […]
The Moon as seen from the backyard in the early morning hours of 20 July 2019 on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon 50 years ago it was a Moon waxing to Full. On this anniversary, the Moon is just past Full and is waning.
In commemoration of the Apollo Moon Landings, Hallmark produced an extraordinary pop-up book in 1969 called Astronauts on the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Moon Landings with the story by Stanley Hendricks and with illustrations by Al Muenchen. Paper mechanics and layout was by Howard Lohnes. Having owned a ragged copy of this book I was delighted to find in a northern California thrift store a pristine copy for only a quarter. Below are images from the book showing […]
Launched on a Saturn V rocket in July 1969, the Apollo 11 Command Module is the only piece of equipment that made the entire round trip to the Moon and back on the first successful lunar landing attempt carried out by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins. Here are a few images of that historic spacecraft in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. At the time the images were taken a few years ago […]
A long range view of the Orion Ascent Abort-2 test flight shows the launch vehicle leaping off of Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster powering this short flight is a refurbished SR118 Peacekeeper ICBM first stage motor. A weapon of war now serving the interests of peaceful exploration of space. Click to view more photos of the AA-2 test flight.
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Remembering a post from July 2015 A new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex honors the fallen astronauts of STS-51L lost on the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, and STS-107 lost on the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. Two sides of a hallway feature personal items from each seven person crew. The far wall is adorned with a quote from Ronald Reagan, President at the time of the Challenger accident, “The future doesn’t belong […]
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Engineers at several NASA centers built the Orion test article that has many of the design features and the same mass as the capsule that will carry crew. This test scheduled for 2 July 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is designed to focus on Orion’s launch abort capabilities, and all required data will be captured by the data recorders, so the crew module used for Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test will not deploy parachutes after the abort system […]
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launching STP-2 produces a massive fiery tail as it heads to orbit on the vehicle’s first night launch. Click for more.
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The last Atlas 2AS rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 36A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:17 p.m. on 31 August 2004 carrying an undisclosed national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Manufacture of the Atlas 2 was discontinued and the inventory run out in favor of the new and more powerful Atlas V rocket. Click to view the expanded launch gallery.