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Table 2-42. Apollo 14 Characteristics

 

Date of launch (ETR launch complex #):

Jan. 31, 1971 (39A)

Official mission designation:

AS-509

Spacecraft designation (name):

SM-110

SM-110 (Kitty Hawk)

LM-8 (Antares)

Launch vehicle designation (class):

SA-509 (Saturn V)

Spacecraft weight (kg):

45 305

Spacecraft shape, dimensions (m):

see table 2-37

Crew:

Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Commander; Stuart A. Roosa, CM Pilot; Edgar D. Mitchell, LM Pilot

Backup crew:

Eugene A. Cernan, Commander; Ronald E. Evans, CM Pilot; Joe H. Engle, LM Pilot

Apogee/perigee at insertion (km):

183.2 x 189.9

No. of earth orbits:

1.5

Period:

approx. 90 min.

Lunar orbit parameters (km):

314.1 x 108.2 at insertion; 118.3 x 103.7 circularized

No. of lunar orbits:

34

Lunar landing coordinates:

3°40'S, 17°29'W (Fra Mauro)

Time on surface:

33:30:31

Lunar EVA time (# of excursions):

9:22:31 (2)

Length of mission:

216:01:58 (9+ days)

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

.

launch

Jan. 31

4:03:02 p.m. EST

00:00:00

S-IC engine cutoff

.

4:05:45

00:02:43

Sell engine cutoff

4:12:20

00:09:18

earth orbit insertion

4:14:51

00:11:49

translunar injection

6:37:34

02:34:32

CSM-S-IVB separation

7:05:31

03:02:29

CSM-LM docking

9:00:02

04:56:56

lunar oribit insertion

Feb. 4

1:59:43 a.m.

81:56:41

CSM-LM separation

.

11:50:44 p.m.

103:47:42

lunar landing

Feb. 5

4:18:11 a.m.

108:15:09

begin 1st EVA

.

9:42: 13

113:39: 11

end 1st EVA 2:

30:03 p.m.

118:27:01

begin 2d EVA

Feb. 6

3:11:15 p.m.

131:08:13

end 2d EVA

.

7:45:56

135:42:54

lunar liftoff

Feb. 7

1:48:42 a.m.

141:45:40

LM-CSM docking

.

3:35:53

143:32:51

LM jettison

5:48:00

145:44:58

transearth injection

8:39:04

148:36:02

CM-SM separation

Feb. 9

3:35:44 p.m.

215:32:42

splashdown

.

4:05:00

216:01:58

Earth landing coordinates:

27°1'S, 172°39W (Pacific O.)

Recovery ship:

USS New Orleans (crew onboard in 48 min.)

Mission objectives:

Lunar landing mission to perform selenological inspection, survey, and sampling of the Fra Mauro region; deploy an ALSEP; further develop man's capability to work in the lunar environment; photograph candidate exploration sites.

Results:

All objectives were achieved. The crew brought 43 kg of lunar samples to earth with them.

 

*There is a discrepancy of approximately 40 minutes in the sequence-of-events tables presented in the mission operation report and the mission report; the latter was used as the source for this table.

Reference: MSC, "Apollo 14 Mission Report," MSC-04112, May 1971; and NASA Hq., Apollo 14 Post-launch Mission Operation Report #1, M-933-71-14, Feb. 22, 1971.


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