• Short Summary

    The Apollo 14 moon landing mission came within hours of being aborted today (Sunday) after the command module failed four times to clamp with the lunar landing vehicle.

  • Description

    The Apollo 14 moon landing mission came within hours of being aborted today (Sunday) after the command module failed four times to clamp with the lunar landing vehicle. The crisis came about three hours after a perfect blast off from Cape Kennedy.

    The three astronauts, Commander Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell attempted to deck the lunar module onto the command module. On the first and second attempt the latches failed to clamp and then Shepard reported to Houston Control Centre that there appeared to be scratches on the nose of the command module. A third and fourth attempt also failed and it seemed the lunar landing mission might have to be aborted.

    On earth technicians attempted to simulate the trouble and the only suggestion they could make was that the clamps were put out of alignment when the support stanchion had fallen away on liftoff.

    However, 20,000 miles (32,000 kms) out into space and two hours later than scheduled the two craft finally clamped together on the fifth attempt.

    The eight minute delay to blastoff and the two hour delay caused by the docking failures has caused scientists on earth to reschedule the mission.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAYVLEWXOSXBH6O5I0PF6RQP15
    Media URN:
    VLVAYVLEWXOSXBH6O5I0PF6RQP15
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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