SP-4012 NASA HISTORICAL DATA BOOK: VOLUME III
PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS 1969-1978
 

 

Table 2-40. Apollo 12 Characteristics

 

Date of launch (ETR launch complex #):

Nov. 14, 1969 (39A)

Official mission designation:

AS-507

Spacecraft designation (name):

SM-108

CM-108 (Yankee Clipper)

LM-6 (Intrepid)

Launch vehicle designation (class):

SA-507 (Saturn V)

Spacecraft weight (kg):

45 870

Spacecraft shape, dimensions (m):

see table 2-37

Crew:

Charles Conrad, Jr., Commander; Richard F. Gordon, Jr., CM Pilot; Alan L. Bean, LM Pilot

Backup crew:

David R. Scott, Commander; Alfred M. Worden, CM Pilot; James B. Irwin, LM Pilot

Apogee/perigee at insertion (km):

189.8 x 185

No of earth orbits:

1.5

Period:

approx. 90 min.

Lunar orbit parameters (km):

257.1 x 115.9 at insertion; 122.4 x 100.6 circularized

No. of lunar orbits:

45

Lunar landing coordinates:

3°12'S, 23°24'W (Ocean of Storms)

Time on surface:

31:31:12

Lunar EVA time (# of excursions):

7:45:18 (2)

Length of mission:

244:36:24 (10+ days)

Mission events (date, time, ground elapsed time):

.

launch

Nov. 14

11:22:00 a.m. EDT

00:00:00

S-IC engine cutoff

.

11:24:42

00:02:42

Sell engine cutoff

11:31:12

00:11:44

earth orbit insertion

11:33:44

00:11:44

translunar injection

2:15: 14 p.m.

02:53: 14

CSM-S-IVB separation

2:40:19

03:18:19

CSM-LM docking

2:48:53

03:26:53

lunar orbit insertion

Nov. 17

10:47:23 p.m.

83:25:23

CSM-LM separation

Nov. 18

11:16:03 p.m.

107:54:03

lunar landing

Nov. 19

1:54:35 a.m.

110:32:35

begin 1st EVA

.

6:32:35

115:10:35

end 1st EVA

10:28:38

119:06:38

begin 2d EVA

10:54:45 p.m.

131:32:45

end 2d EVA

Nov. 20

2:44:00 a.m.

135:22:00

lunar liftoff

.

9:25:47

142:03:47

LM-CSM docking

12:58:22 p.m.

145:30:22

LM jettison

Nov. 20

3:21:30 p.m.

147:59:30

transearth injection

Nov. 21

3:49:16 p.m.

172:27:16

CM-SM separation

Nov. 24

3:29:21 p.m.

244:07:21

splashdown

.

3:58:24

244:36:24

Earth landing coordinates:

15°47'S, 165°9'W (Pacific O.)

Recovery ship:

USS Hornet (crew onboard in 50 min.)

Mission objectives:

Lunar landing mission to perform selenological inspection, survey, and sampling of a mare area; deploy an ALSEP; develop techniques for point landing capability; develop capability to work in the lunar environment; photograph candidate exploration sites.

Results:

All objectives were achieved. The crew brought back 34 kg of lunar samples collected during two EVA periods. The LM touched down just 182 meters from the Surveyor 3 spacecraft from which the Apollo 12 crew removed the soil scoop.

 

Reference: MSC, "Apollo 12 Mission Report," MSC-01 855, March 1970; and NASA Hq., "Apollo 12 Mission Post-launch Mission Operation Report #1," M-932-69-12, Nov. 25, 1969.


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