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 completed via the 1st males to land at the Moon. It spectacularly established the precision touchdown strength required for the good fortune of destiny lunar floor explorations.
Apollo 12 - at the Ocean of Storms
- contains over 30 web page of colour photographs, together with high-resolution scans lately produced by means of NASA from the unique Hasselblad movie;
- covers the project from its making plans via to of entirety;
- includes conversations one of the workforce within the spacecraft that weren't transmitted;
- in the definitive 'popular' account of this project.
This is the 1st time in forty years that the tale of the Apollo 12 venture to the Moon has bene informed in its entirety, utilizing reputable records, flight transcripts, and post-mission debriefing to recreate the drama.
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LWHBHUUNI Having been selected as a backup target for the first Apollo landing as a bland patch of the Ocean of Storms, ALS-5 had little to offer Apollo 12. ;' * * ■ 5° s P P a. P S OKI s 5. s p jft , ' ■ Activities were planned for four landing sites near the Snowman. In each case the ALSEP would be deployed at the position marked by an A in a circle. The triangle marks Surveyor 3. « s ao a HT r> I 30 Planning and preparations enable the mothership to photograph the Fra Mauro site that was being considered for Apollo 13.
In December the Manned Spacecraft Center established its Science and Applications Directorate. This took over the tasks of the Experiments Program Office. Wilmot N. Hess, formerly of the Goddard Space Flight Center, was appointed as Director, with Piland providing continuity as his deputy. On 4 January 1967 Chris Kraft argued that if a lunar landing was to involve two periods of extravehicular activity on the surface, then the first one should enable the astronauts to familiarise themselves with the lunar environment, make an inspection of their lander, take photographic documentation and collect a contingency sample.
Apollo 12 - on the Ocean of Storms by David M. Harland