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Apollo 12

Mission Number: AS-507
14-24 November 1969

    Charles Conrad [3], Commander
    Richard Gordon [2], CSM Pilot
    Alan Bean [1], LM Pilot

Backup Crew:
    David Scott, Commander
    Alfred Worden, CSM Pilot
    James Irwin, LM Pilot

    Location: John F. Kennedy Space Center
    Pad: 39-A
    Date: 14 November 1969
    Time: 16:22:00 UTC

    Mission Duration: 10 days, 4 hours, 36 minutes, 24 seconds

Lunar Landing:
    Location: Ocean of Storms (Lunar 3.04° S, 23.42° W)
    Touchdown: 19 November 1969 06:54:35 UTC
    EVA#1: 3 hours, 56 minutes
    EVA#2: 3 hours, 49 minutes
    Liftoff: 20 November 1969 14:25:47 UTC
    Surface Stay Time: 1 days, 7 hours, 31 minutes, 12 seconds

    Date: 24 November 1969
    Time: 20:58:24 UTC

    Location: Pacific Ocean (15° 47' S, 165° 9' W)
    Vessel: USS Hornet (CVS-12)

Apollo 12 survived two lightning strikes during launch ascent. The second strike caused all power in the command module to short out. A quick thinking specialist on the ground suggested a switch to auxiliary mode. It worked, and the mission was saved. Conrad and Bean retrieved parts of Surveyor 3. Lunar stay time was 31.5 hours, time in orbit was 89 hours completing 45 orbits. 75 lbs of material was gathered. Conrad and Bean performed 2 EVA's lasting a total of 7 hours, 27 minutes.

A loose camera struck Bean in the head during splashdown, causing a brief loss of consciousness.

The Command and Service Module (CSM) was named Yankee Clipper, and the Lunar Module (LM) was named Intrepid.

The Apollo 12 command module is on display at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, VA.

Launch was by Saturn V.

Mission Photos from NASA
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Earth rising on the lunar horizon.
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Alan Bean taking a core sample.
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Surveyor III in its crater.
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Two space craft on the surface. Surveyor III (foreground) and Apollo 12 (background).


Archived NASA page for Apollo 12


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