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APOLLO 12 ( AS-507 )

Apollo 12 insignia

Apollo 12 prime crew

Charles Conrad, Jr.(CDP), Richard F. Gordon, Jr.(CMP), Alan L. Bean(LMP), (Left to right)

Mission Status

Launch date 14. Nov. 1969 16:22:00 UTC(13:54:00 EST)
Mission Designation AS-507 / SA-507
Launch Pad PAD 39A
CSM CSM-108 (Yankee Clipper)
LM LM-6 (Intrepid)
Launch vehcle
Type Saturn V
First Stage S-IC-7
Second Stage S-II-7
Third stage S-IVB-507
Instrument Unit(IU) S-IU-507
Prime crew
Commander Pilot:CDP Charles Conrad, Jr.
CM Pilot:CMP Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
LM Pilot:LMP Alan L. Bean
Backup crew
Commander Pilot:CDP David R. Scott
CM Pilot:CMP Alfred M. Worden
LM Pilot:LMP James B. Irwin
Mission Objective
Perform selenological inspection, survey and sampling in a lunar mare area. Deploy an Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) consistent with a seismic net. Develop techniques for a point landing capability. Develop man's capability to work in the lunar environment. Obtain photographs of candidate exploration sites.
Mission Result
This is the first H-mission. The spacecraft was struck by lightning 36 seconds after launch and again 52 seconds after launch, which momentarily shut off electrical power and cut out telemetry contact. Power was automatically switched to battery backup while the crew resored the primary power system. There were no further problems with the power system. The S-IVB stage was jettisoned into Earth orbit instead of planned heliocentric orbit due to error in the instrument unit. Pin-point landing has successfully done and the LM landed at 180 meters of the Surveyor 3 spacecraft. Conrad and Bean performed two surface EVA's and brought 34.4 kg of samples.
Launch weight2,941,496(kg)
Lunar orbits45
Duration244:36:25(10days and 4hours)
Landing LocationOceanus Procellarum / Ocean of Storms 3.04 degrees South, 23.42 degrees West
Splashed down24.Nov.1969 20:58:24 UTC (15:58:24 EST)
Splashdown pointPacific Ocean:15 deg 47 min S, 165 deg 9 min W: near American Samoa
Recovery shipU.S.S Hornet

CSM-108 Apollo12 Yankee Clipper

LM-6 Apollo12 Intrepid
Atomic power generator was added at Quad2.

Mission Photos

Apollo 12: The Pinpoint Mission
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    Apogee Books October 1, 1999 USD12.89

    The voyage of Apollo 12, documented in these original reports, had high goals in mind?making a start on real lunar science.


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