Space Rocket History #140 – Soyuz 1: The Flight

July 6, 2019 @ 8:49 am

“I was the last one to see him alive and I told him ‘See you soon!’” Yuri Gagarin, recalls bidding farewell to his friend Kamarov in Soyuz 1.


Space Rocket History #139 – Soyuz 1: Preparation

July 6, 2019 @ 8:12 am

With the success of Kosmos 146 and in spite of the failures of the first three 7K-Ok’s it was now time to plan for a Soyuz manned mission. The planned involved the launch and docking of two piloted Soyuzes. Soyuz 7K-OK production model number 4 was assigned the role of the active vehicle. The active vehicle was supposed to carry one cosmonaut into earth orbit. Twenty-four hours later, vehicle No. 5 (the passive vehicle) carrying three cosmonauts would be inserted in orbit. After rendezvouing, two cosmonauts from vehicle No. 5 would transfer through open space to vehicle No. 4.


Space Rocket History #138 – Soyuz Test Flight No. 3 – Kosmos 140

July 4, 2019 @ 9:22 am

Chief Designer Mishin proposed a two-launch “stopover” scenario for the piloted flight to the moon. This was similar to one of NASA’s earth orbit rendezvous modes to reach the moon. The gist of the plan was, the UR-500K would insert the 7K-L1 into orbit with no crew. Then the R7 derivative Semyorka would launch the 7K-OK carrying two cosmonauts. If everything went well on the two vehicles, they would dock, and the cosmonauts would transfer from the 7K-OK to the 7K-L1 via spacewalk. Then they would set out for the Moon, and, after flying around it, they would return to Earth.


Space Rocket History #137 – Apollo 1: Changes and Recovery

July 4, 2019 @ 9:06 am

After the uncertain days of February 1967, NASA officials began to realize that a recovery from the tragedy was under way. Through hard work and problem solving, morale of Nasa personnel started to improve…


Space Rocket History #136 – Apollo 1: What Went Wrong

July 4, 2019 @ 8:47 am

What went wrong?  Even years after the investigators began to sift through the wreckage of Apollo 1 piece by piece, no one could say exactly.  But within weeks the general picture became clear:  The fire was a disaster waiting to happen.


Space Rocket History #135 – Apollo 1: The Investigation

June 4, 2019 @ 11:50 am

The tragedy of Apollo 1 was widely reported in the Soviet Union. The Soviets sent condolences and letters to the families of the men who had died. But, the Soviet Press criticized the US for an overzealous attempt to send men to the moon.


Space Rocket History #134 – Apollo 1: Plugs Out – Part 2 – The Price of Progress

June 4, 2019 @ 11:35 am

When Deke Slayton and Stu Roosa arrived at pad 34 they saw ambulances waiting in vain at the base of the launch tower.  They boarded the small elevator and rode to level A-8, 218 feet up, and headed across the swing arm to the clean room…


Space Rocket History #133 – Apollo 1: Plugs Out – Part 1 – The Fire

June 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am

The “Plugs Out” test scheduled for Jan 27, 1967 was not the first time that spacecraft 12 had been put through a simulated run with people on board…


Space Rocket History #132 – Apollo 1: Astronauts – Part 2 – Chaffee

June 2, 2019 @ 9:46 am

“On my honor I will do my best, To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times;  To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” The Boy Scout Oath.


Space Rocket History #131 – Apollo 1: Astronauts – Part 1- Grissom & White

May 8, 2019 @ 1:34 pm

“So the reason I took those symbols was that I think this was the most important thing I had going for me, and I felt that while I couldn’t take one for every religion in the country, I could take the three I was most familiar with.”  Ed. White

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