Take the “Saturn V” Quiz!

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Welcome to our Friday quiz (released early on Thursday)! Since we colonials celebrate this little thing called “Independence Day” on July 4th, and many will be off-the-grid and into other festivities, I’m releasing this quiz a wee-bit early. All week we’ve been posting about the countdown for Apollo 11, and the Saturn V. This week’s quiz is all about the Saturn … Read More

Preparing Apollo 11: Countdown Demonstration Test

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Forty-five years ago this week, Apollo 11 was undergoing the countdown demonstration test, which ended successfully on July 3, 1969. The countdown demonstration test took the launch vehicle, spacecraft, launch crew and flight crew through a complete countdown, including fueling the vehicle. Altogether the CDDT was a six-day operation, including the loading of nearly 6 million pounds of propellants. On … Read More

Preparing Apollo 11

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Through the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission (launch on July 16), we’ll be presenting a series of features detailing the preparations for the launch. Featuring edited excerpts from our Apollo 11: Men on the Moon 3-DVD set, our first entry concerns the arrival and erection of the spacecraft and launch vehicle, the sixth Saturn V to be launched. Activity … Read More

Take the Project Mercury Quiz!

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Welcome to our Friday quiz! Since we’ve been featuring Project Mercury all week, we’ll continue with a quiz on: Project Mercury. This quiz will be available, but prize eligibility will end on Sunday at midnight US EDT. This quiz, one prize: (drawn from the high scores): One copy of our Freedom 7 set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution) Since we’re offering … Read More

“That’s a real fireball outside.” But just how much?

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Every spacecraft that achieves orbital velocity must somehow give up that velocity to return to Earth. For Mercury, this meant paying off the energy into an ablative heat shield, a protective covering on the blunt end of the spacecraft designed to “ablate,” or burn off slowly, protecting the spacecraft within. After entry, Mercury detached its heat shield, which would deploy … Read More

Getting out of Mercury… through the top!

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Today’s Mercury feature examines a method of egress always planned but only used once – getting out of the Mercury spacecraft through the top. The explosive side hatch on Mercury is well known, and the normal method of egress at the end of the Mercury missions became the side hatch. Shepard squeezed out of the hatch after the spacecraft had been … Read More

Pigs CAN Fly… on Mercury… almost…

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Our Mercury set is 6-DVDs packed with over 24 hours of material. This week we’re highlighting some of our favorite finds from the Project Mercury experience. What does a fledgling group of engineers do when they need to test a brand new spacecraft? Find subjects to test inside the spacecraft, during flight. Before the original seven astronauts, before even Sam, … Read More

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