lec18 - Lecture 18 Apollo 14 By Dr. Ed Mitchell; Apollo 14...

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Lecture 18 Apollo 14 By Dr. Ed Mitchell; Apollo 14 astronaut Born in 1930, Dr. Mitchell grew up on a ranch in NM. He attended Carnegie Mellon and graduated while the Korean War was going on; he already had a pilot’s license when he joined the Navy. He was at sea when Sputnik flew in 1957. (He was a dedicated pacifist at this point, and strongly against nuclear weapons.) He came to work at MIT in 1961 in the Instrumentation Lab. Crew Selection: the way it worked was, you were the backup crew for a flight, and then three flights later, you were the actual crew. He was supposed to fly on Apollo 13; he was backup for Apollo 10. His crew ended up switching with Apollo 14’s crew because their commander, Alan Shepard, needed more training time, after being off the crew rotation due to an inner ear problem. Slide show of images: rocket launch, images of Earth from space; craters on the Moon; lunar lander. Lunar lander’s feet were shaped how they were because they knew there would be a soft
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