Commander Alan Shepard, who will command the lunar landing flight of Apollo 14, recently discussed the purposes of the mission.
Commander Alan Shepard, who will command the lunar landing flight of Apollo 14, recently discussed the purposes of the mission. In an interview with an American reporter at the Manned Spaceflight Centre in Houston, Texas, Commander Shepard also spoke about flight problems in the wake of last April,s abortive Apollo-13 mission.
The Apollo-14 mission, originally scheduled for October, was postponed until January 31 of next year as a result of the near-disaster of Apollo-13. Apollo-13 had to return before making a lunar landing following an electrical failure in the craft.
The Apollo-14 flight crew will use the planned Apollo-13 landing site on the moon's Fra Mauro highland. The scientists in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) programme urged another attempt on the Fra Munro highland because they believe the area may yield the oldest rocks yet found by man. This, they feel, will help them to determine the age and origin of the moon and perhaps the entire solar system.