The Apollo 14 astronauts Allan Shepard, Ed Mitchell and Stuart Roosa were up at daybreak on Monday (November 9) to watch their huge moon rocket begin its crawl to the launching pad.
GV ZOOM TO SV Rocket with gantry in hangar
GV Giant crawler-carrier
GV Upper section of rocket
GV Road to launching site in background
MV Engineer looks skywards
LOW ANGLE SHOT Rocket & gantry moving.
SV Carrier moving
LOW ANGLE SHOT Rocket moving
GV Carrier TILT TO top of rocket.
SV Three astronauts, Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Roosa look at rocket in background
CU PAN Mitchell, Shepard & Roosa
SV Astronauts, rocket in background
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Background: The Apollo 14 astronauts Allan Shepard, Ed Mitchell and Stuart Roosa were up at daybreak on Monday (November 9) to watch their huge moon rocket begin its crawl to the launching pad.
Travelling on a crawler-transporter--a large vehicle with tank-like treads--the huge Saturn-five rocket with its Apollo spacecraft took most of the day to cover the three-mile (five Kms) route from the assembly building to the launch pad at Cape Kennedy.
The huge complex moved forward at speeds of less than a mile an hour, making frequent stops for checking.
To watch the roll-out, the three astronauts made a break in the training for their moonflight, which is scheduled for blast-off on January 31.
Delayed for over three months by the abortive Apollo 13 mission, the command module for the new moon-shot had been modified to eliminate the oxygen tank problem that resulted in an explosion during the previous moon mission.
Apollo 14 will carry an extra battery and a third oxygen tank in case the crew run into trouble. Astronaut Roosa, who will pilot the command module, says that the newly-modified moonship has sufficient oxygen and power to return its crew safely to earth if trouble developed aboard at any point during the journey.