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Lecture 2 The Apollo Project [Handout: LM landing timeline] Today we’ll talk about the Apollo project, and about a couple of ways to approach the project. 7 projects: 7 flights: (12/68: Apollo 8) 7/69: Apollo 11: first one, scientific goal was mostly to prove they could do it at all 11/69: Apollo 12: precise landing 4/70: Apollo 13 1/71: Apollo 14 7/71: Apollo 15 4/72: Apollo 16 12/72: Apollo 17 The earlier missions are called H-missions, while the last 3 are called J-missions: these had a heavier LM, which carried a lunar rover, and used a different kind of fuel; they were outfitted for a longer stay. The terrain of the latter missions’ landing sites were much more difficult, and the approach was from a steeper trajectory than the earlier ones (also, the change in terrain is due to landing near sites of higher geological interest). There were more scientists on A17, rather than just test pilots, and this was very controversial. Now let’s talk about the bigger picture: NAA built Apollo; they also built planes for WWII.
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