By Roger Joyner
This month’s program will be an over view of the Apollo 14 mission, who’s 50th anniversary was last January. I wanted to do it then, but, due to scheduling and covid-19, it had to be put off.
Apollo 14 was the third to land on the Moon, the first to land in the lunar highlands, and the last planned for a two-day stay and two lunar extravehicular activities (EVAs or moonwalks).
The crew consisted of Commander Alan Shepard, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell. They launched on their nine-day mission on Sunday, January 31, 1971 and
Shepard and Mitchell made their lunar landing on February 5 in the Fra Mauro formation – originally the target of Apollo 13. During the two walks on the surface, they collected 94.35 pounds (42.80 kg) of Moon rocks and deployed several scientific experiments. Roosa remained in lunar orbit, performing scientific experiments and photographing the Moon. After liftoff the spacecraft returned to Earth and splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean on February 9.
The PowerPoint for this program was created by NASA.
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