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Lessons from Apollo 14 | National Air and Space Museum

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Fifty years ago, the Apollo 14 mission renewed confidence in NASA and the ability of the United States to land humans on the Moon with a successful landing in the Lunar Highlands on February 5, 1971. The previous spring, then As the Apollo 13 mission flew toward the Moon, an oxygen tank in the service module ruptured, forcing an abandonment. After a thorough accident investigation and an extensive modification and upgrade of the spacecraft, NASA was ready to fly to the moon again, with Apollo 14.

When President Kennedy proposed the Apollo program in 1961, he drew a distinct finish line: sending humans to the Moon and bringing them safely back to Earth before the end of the decade. This clear and concise objective focused attention on Apollo 11 – the first lunar landing mission in July 1969. But the Apollo program must be remembered as much for the landing of the first humans on the Moon as for countless demonstrations of it. problem-solving and ingenuity, the continual refinement and refinement of expertise, which has enabled NASA to set even more ambitious goals with each successive mission. Every Apollo flight has seen upgraded and improved equipment, …

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