By Gregory Vogt
Strains the efforts of the us to place a guy at the moon, from President Kennedy's ancient prediction in 1961 during the crowning glory of the Apollo 17 undertaking in 1972.
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If it At 6:31 test in the evening, with the crew inside the spacecraft, a fire started. still The exact cause was never fully determined, but the most likely culprit ignited was an electrical short circuit that some combustible mal conditions, such a materials. fire Under nor- would smolder and bum slowly, but conditions weren't normal in- side the spacecraft. 7 psi. This sea level pressure. will bum fiercely, rials there to 60 bum. was 2 pounds above normal Under these conditions, fire and there were many mate- Standard procedure for any emergency requiring crew evacuation of the spacecraft was for who the senior pilot, usually occupied the center couch, to reach up, unlatch, and open the inner However, hatch.
Its engine would be kept Propel- in large tanks Also carried inside would be enough breathable oxygen for most of the trip and cells that combined hydrogen and oxygen way would produce a that they in electricity fuel such and drinking water. Spaced around the outside walls of the cylin- der would be four clusters of four rocket engines each. In each cluster, one engine would point down, another up, and one each By right. and engines in sequence, the en- firing the vehicle could be spun, tumbled, or pitched tire in to the left any desired direction.
After only three when Mission Control indicated that on Glenn's capsule might have to separate trollers instructed from the Glenn craft. Mission con- to return but to leave a small pack of retrorockets, strapped over the heat shield, in place. These rockets, used to slow the capsule for reentry, were supposed to be soned before reentry, but 36 it was felt that jetti- leaving Astronaut John Glenn standing in front of his Friendship 7 capsule. Glenn was the American 37 to orbit the Earth successfully.
Apollo and the Moon Landing by Gregory Vogt