The history of rocketry and space exploration.
Space Rocket History #348 – Apollo 15 – Traverse 3
“We pray for one last landingOn the globe that gave us birth;Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skiesAnd the cool, green hills of Earth.” Robert A. Heinlein
Space Rocket History #347 – Apollo 15 – Traverse 2-Part 2 – The Genesis Rock
Both men realized what they had discovered. The rock was almost entirely plagioclase. This was surely a chunk of anorthosite, a piece of the primordial crust, the Genesis Rock.
Space Rocket History #346 – Apollo 15 – Traverse 2-Part 1
Suddenly, Scott called out that the Rover was beginning to slide down the hill. As the back wheels came off the ground, Scott quickly got back on to hold the rover down.
Space Rocket History #345 – Apollo 15 – The Lunar Rover & Traverse 1
The whole stripped-down rover weighed about 455 pounds on Earth but only 76 pounds on the moon and was built to carry 2 1/2 times its weight at a maximum speed of about 10 miles per hour.
Space Rocket History #344 – Apollo 15 – Oxygen Leak, Glass Ball, First Steps & The Lunar Rover
After a good nights sleep, Houston woke the astronauts up an hour early the next morning because of a slight oxygen leak.
Space Rocket History #343 – Apollo 15 – Falcon on the Moon
It was immediately clear that Falcon had landed on uneven ground, right on the rim of a small crater; the LM was tipped backward at a slight angle. It turned out that one of the rear feet had landed in … Continue reading →