Monday, January 31, 2011

Forty years ago - America's 2nd Return to Space

America's 2nd "Return to Space," January 31, 1971
Apollo 14, with Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell & Stu Roosa onboard, departs Kennedy Space Center for the Moon  nine months after the nearly-disastrous Apollo 13 mission. For Admiral Shepard, America's first astronaut, it had been a longer wait. 10 years had passed since that first 15 minute suborbital flight of the Mercury program. After being grounded for an inner ear condition, now in command of only his second (and last) spaceflight, Apollo 14 would become the only flight to the Moon made by any of the "Original Seven." [NASA/ASJ].

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