Curiosity check-in

Rough Terrain on Mars near Mt. Sharp Thought I would check-in on some of the latest activity from our rover friend, Curiosity.  Curiosity has undergone some software updates since I last wrote, it seems to be fully operational, more than I can say for my laptop, but that’s another story. Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012, it has managed to make a journey to an area dubbed ‘Mt Sharp’.  The rover has traveled over 8 […]

End-times puzzle

Are we nearing the end of the End-Times? Since the 1990s, I’ve studied Bible prophecy with regard to End-Times.  While I still have much to learn, to me the signs or pieces of the End-times puzzle are becoming easier to identify.  They are becoming so numerous, it is hard to find a week when a news event does not exist as it relates to the End-Times.  You will see the word ‘converging’ mentioned in many articles […]

Lunar Roving Vehicle – LRV

Lunar Roving Vehicle – LRV   Previous blog Man landing on the moon, placing those first steps, those were exciting times.  I still recall the astronauts sort of skipping along the surface, bouncing a bit due to the reduced gravity the moon offers.  However, the astronauts needed to cover more lunar ground.  Thus, the Lunar Roving Vehicle – LRV Golf Cart There was more excitement to come, with Alan Shepard of Apollo 14, being given what […]

The LM – Lunar Module

The Lunar Lander   Previous blog The LEM – Lunar Excursion Module In a previous posting, I wrote about the The Lunar Module or LEM being stowed in the top of the S-IV-B portion of the Saturn V.  The Command Module docked with the LM and gently pulled it out of the storage area.  The two spacecraft travel to the moon together, docked, astronauts travel between the craft through a tunnel which was part of the […]

Audiobook – “In the Shadow of the Moon”

1960s Space Race  

23,500 mph on the way to the moon

Apollo Command and Service Modules   Previous blog 23,500 mph on the way to the moon We are now traveling 23,500 mph on the way to the moon riding in the Command Module with the Service Module attached.  The Service Module contains: Fuel tanks for the single engine Electrical power equipment Other supplies such as oxygen and water We started this process with a rocket of about 360 feet and are now down to a spacecraft […]

Saturn V – third-stage – S-IVB

Storing the LM   Saturn V – third-stage – S-IVB In previous posts, I wrote about the first-stage and second-stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle.  Let’s look at the Saturn V – third-stage – S-IVB  This stage had some interesting qualities about it.  First, the Saturn V – third-stage – S-IVB, had only a single rocket motor.  It was capable of being started or ignited more than once, something the first two stages could […]

Saturn V – second-stage

2nd-stage acceleration   Saturn V – second-stage In my previous posts about the Saturn V, I spoke a little about the first-stage of the rocket.  A massive container, most of the weight, being fuel which was completely emptied in a little over 2 minutes.  When the first-stage was completed, the craft was traveling around 5,100 mph.  Sounds quite impressive!  It actually is impressive, but it isn’t fast enough, or high enough, to achieve orbit or […]

Saturn V rocket

Saturn V rocket   Previous blog Wow, they took that whole thing to the moon?   As I stated in my previous posting, on a couple of visits to the Cape visitor center, people looking at the model of the Saturn V rocket, would often think the WHOLE rocket went to the moon.  Sorry, that’s not the case.  It took the whole rocket to build up enough speed to escape Earth’s gravity sending a large […]

Journey to the Moon aboard Apollo

Journey to the Moon aboard Apollo

Journey to the Moon aboard Apollo What did it take to put men on the moon?     Starting the Journey to the Moon aboard Apollo In my lifetime, I’ve made 3 trips to the Cape Kennedy (Canaveral) .  My first trip occurred when Apollo 17 (our last manned mission to the moon) was being assembled in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).  The second visit was in 1988, the visitor center then wasn’t much to […]

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