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Title:
Apollo 17 : the NASA mission reports
Author:
Godwin, Robert, 1958-
Physical Description:
volumes <1> : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781896522593
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Book

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Apollo 17, documented in these reports, was the first mission to make it possible for a qualified geologist to explore the moon.


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Apollo 17, launched in December 1972, was the sixth and last of the manned lunar landing missions in the US space program. It was a space flight of superlatives: longest time in orbit, longest lunar surface stay, and most samples returned to Earth (115 kilograms). Apollo 17 also marked the first time that a professional scientist, geologist Jack Schmitt, was on board. The book contains a list of the many experiments conduced on the lunar surface and during the space flight. Most of the material is taken from NASA technical documents, which include many interesting diagrams and photographs. There is nice section of color photographs that illustrate the mission highlights, such as the nighttime launch. The last part contains the technical debriefing held with the crew in January 1973. Most interesting is the accompanying CD-ROM, which contains the entire television broadcast from the moon's surface. Since this includes 11 hours of footage, the resulting image is a bit small, but still quite viewable on a computer screen. One fascinating video clip shows the launch of the upper part of the lunar module at the end of the lunar stay. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers. J. Z. Kiss Miami University


Table of Contents

Dr Harrison Schmitt
Introductionp. 6
Editor's Introductionp. 10
Press Kit
Comparison of Lunar Science Before & After Apollop. 13
Apollo 17 Mission Objectivesp. 18
Launch Operationsp. 19
Countdownp. 20
Launch Windowsp. 21
Ground Elapsed Time Updatep. 22
Launch and Mission Profilep. 23
Launch Eventsp. 24
Mission Eventsp. 26
EVA Mission Eventsp. 29
Apollo 17 Landing Sitep. 37
Lunar Surface Sciencep. 38
S-IVB Lunar Impactp. 38
Alsepp. 39
SNAP-27p. 41
Heat Flow Experimentp. 43
Lunar Ejecta and Meteoritesp. 43
Lunar Seismic Profilingp. 43
Lunar Atmospheric Composition Experimentp. 46
Lunar Surface Gravimeterp. 46
Traverse Gravimeterp. 46
Surface Electrical Propertiesp. 47
Lunar Neutron Probep. 48
Soil Mechanicsp. 49
Lunar Geology Investigationp. 50
Lunar Geology Hand Toolsp. 52
Long Term Surface Exposure Experimentp. 53
Lunar Orbital Sciencep. 56
Lunar Sounderp. 56
Infrared Scanning Radiometerp. 59
Far-Ultraviolet Spectrometerp. 59
Gamma Ray Spectrometerp. 60
Panoramic Camerap. 60
Mapping Camerap. 60
Laser Altimeterp. 61
CSM/LM S-Band Transponderp. 61
Apollo Window Meteoroidp. 61
Medical Tests and Experimentsp. 62
Visual Light Flash Phenomenonp. 62
Biocorep. 62
Biostackp. 62
Cardiovascular Conditioning Garmentp. 63
Skylab Mobile Laboratories Field Testp. 63
Food Compatibility Assessmentp. 63
Engineering/Operational Tests & Demonstrationp. 63
Heat Flow and Convectionp. 63
Skylab Contamination Studyp. 64
Lunar Roving Vehiclep. 64
General Descriptionp. 65
Mobility Systemp. 65
Crew Stationp. 66
Power Systemp. 67
Navigation Systemp. 67
Thermal Controlp. 67
Stowage and Deploymentp. 67
Lunar Communications Relay Unitp. 72
Television & Ground Commanded Television Assemblyp. 73
Photographic Equipmentp. 74
Astronaut Equipmentp. 75
Space Suitp. 75
Personal Hygienep. 77
Survival Kitp. 77
Medical Kitsp. 77
Crew Food Systemp. 77
Apollo 17 Menup. 78
Saturn V Launch Vehiclep. 81
Apollo Spacecraftp. 83
Launch Escape Systemp. 83
Command Modulep. 83
Service Modulep. 83
Spacecraft-LM adapter Structurep. 83
Lunar Modulep. 83
Crew Biographiesp. 86
Spaceflight Tracking & Data Support Networkp. 91
NASA Communications Network (NASCOM)p. 91
Environmental Impact of Apollo/Saturn V Missionp. 93
Program Managementp. 94
Conversion Tablep. 96
Tables and Illustrations
Site Science Rationalep. 18
Apollo 17 Flight Profilep. 22
Comparison of Apollo Missionsp. 23
Apollo 17 Descent Orbit Insertion Maneuversp. 24
Apollo 17 Lunar Orbit Insertionp. 25
Apollo 17 CSM/LM Landing Eventsp. 25
Powered Descent Vehicle Positionsp. 27
Apollo 17 Approach Phasep. 28
Field of Viewp. 28
Film Retrieval from the SIM Bayp. 29
Apollo 17 Crew Post Landing Activitiesp. 29
Apollo 17 Recoveryp. 31
Apollo 17 VS Apollo 16 Operational Differencesp. 31
Apollo 17 LRV Traversesp. 32
View From Commander's Windowp. 33
Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Timelinep. 33
Apollo 17 Traverse Station Timeline - EVA 1p. 34
Apollo 17 Traverse Station Timeline - EVA 2p. 34
Apollo 17 Traverse Station Timeline - EVA 3p. 35
Apollo 17 EVA 1 Timelinep. 35
Apollo 17 EVA 2 Timelinep. 36
Apollo 17 EVA 3 Timelinep. 36
Apollo 17 Near LM Lunar Surface Activityp. 37
Schematic of Taurus-Littrow Landing Sitep. 38
Geologic Map of Apollo 17 Landing Sitep. 39
S-IVB/IU Impactp. 40
Apollo 17 ALSEP Deploymentp. 41
Apollo Lunar Surface Science Mission Assignmentsp. 42
Lunar Seismic Profiling Experimentp. 44
LSPE Charge Deployment in LM Areap. 45
LSPE Charge Deployment Planp. 45
Apollo 17 Traverse Gravimeterp. 47
Surface Electrical Properties Experimentp. 48
S-229 Lunar Neutron Probep. 49
Apollo 17 LRV Traversesp. 50
Lunar Geology Sample Containersp. 54
Lunar Geology Equipmentp. 54
Comparison of Lunar Surface Activitiesp. 56
Apollo Orbital Science Mission Assignmentsp. 57
Apollo 17 SIM Bayp. 58
Apollo 17 Lunar Sounder Configurationp. 58
Apollo Lunar Orbit Photographic Coveragep. 61
Lunar Field Geology Equipment Stowage on LRVp. 68
LRV Deployment Sequencep. 69
Hand Controllerp. 70
LRV Wheelp. 70
LRV Crew Station Components - Control & Display Consolep. 71
LRV Components and Dimensionsp. 71
LRV Without Stowed Payloadp. 72
Apollo 17 Television Eventsp. 74
Extravehicular Mobility Unitp. 76
Saturn V Launch Vehiclep. 82
Command Module/Service Modulep. 84
Lunar Modulep. 85
Tracking Stationsp. 93
Pre-Mission Operation Report
Summary of Apollo/Saturn Flightsp. 99
NASA OMSF Mission Objectives for Apollo 17p. 100
Primary Objectivesp. 100
Mission Operationsp. 100
Launch Through Translunar Injectionp. 101
Translunar Coast Through Lunar Orbit Insertionp. 101
Descent Orbit Insertion Through Landingp. 102
Landing Site (Littrow Region)p. 102
Lunar Surface Operationsp. 104
EVA Periodsp. 104
First EVA Periodp. 104
Second and Third EVA Periodsp. 105
Lunar Orbit Operationsp. 105
Post-LM Jettison Lunar Orbit Sciencep. 109
Transearth Injection Through Landingp. 109
Post-Landing Operationsp. 110
Flight Crew Recoveryp. 110
CM and Data Retrieval Operationsp. 110
Alternate Missionsp. 110
Earth Orbitp. 110
Lunar Orbitp. 111
CSM/LM (Operable DPS)p. 111
CSM/LM Inoperable DPSp. 111
CSM Alonep. 111
CSM Alone (From Landing Abort)p. 111
Experiments, Detailed Objectives, In-Flight Demos & Op. Testsp. 111
Experimentsp. 112
Detailed Objectivesp. 115
Inflight Demonstrationp. 115
Operational Testsp. 116
Mission Configuration and Differencesp. 117
Flight Crew Datap. 119
Mission Management Responsibilityp. 120
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 120
List of Figures
1 Apollo 17 Flight Profilep. 101
2 CSM/LM Landing Eventsp. 103
3 Apollo 17 Landing Sitep. 104
4 Taurus-Littrow LRV Traversesp. 105
5 Near LM Lunar Surface Activityp. 106
6 Apollo 17 ALSEP Deploymentp. 106
7 Apollo 17 EVA-1 Timelinep. 107
8 Apollo 17 EVA-2 Timelinep. 108
9 Apollo 17 EVA-3 Timelinep. 108
10 Apollo 17 Prime Crewp. 119
List of Tables
1 Launch Windowsp. 100
2 TV and Photographic Equipmentp. 118
Post Mission Operation Report
NASA OMSF Mission Objectives for Apollo 17p. 122
Primary Objectivesp. 122
Assessment of the Apollo 17 Missionp. 122
Introductionp. 123
Prelaunchp. 123
Launch, Earth Parking Orbit & Translunar Injectionp. 123
Translunar Coastp. 123
Lunar Orbit Insertion and S-IVB Impactp. 124
Descent Orbit Undocking Powered Descent & Landingp. 125
Lunar Surfacep. 125
Ascent, Rendezvous, Docking, and LM Impactp. 126
Transearth Injection and Coastp. 126
Entry and Landingp. 127
Astronaut Recovery Operationsp. 127
Command Module Retrieval Operationsp. 127
Systems Performancep. 127
Flight Crew Performancep. 127
Surface Sciencep. 128
Experiment Summaryp. 130
Inflight Sciencep. 130
List of Tables
1 Objectives & Experiments Primary Objectivesp. 135
2 Apollo 17 Achievementsp. 136
3 Powered Flight Sequence of Eventsp. 136
4 Mission Sequence of Eventsp. 137
5 Translunar and Maneuver Summaryp. 138
6 Lunar Orbit Summaryp. 139
7 Lunar Orbit Summaryp. 139
8 Transearth Maneuver Summaryp. 140
9 Consumables Summaryp. 141
10 LSP Explosive PKG Eventsp. 142
11 SA-512 Launch Vehicle Discrepancy Summaryp. 143
12 CSM 112 Disrecpancy Summaryp. 143
13 LM 12 Discrepancy Summaryp. 143
14 Lunar Roving Vehicle Discrepancy Summaryp. 143
15 Crew/Equipment Discrepancy Summaryp. 143
Technical Crew Debriefing
1.0 Suiting and Ingressp. 145
2.0 Status Checks and Countdownp. 145
3.0 Powered Flightp. 146
4.0 Earth Orbit and Systems Checkoutp. 150
5.0 TLI Through S-IVB Closeoutp. 150
6.0 Translunar Coastp. 152
7.0 LOI, DOI, Lunar Module Checkoutp. 154
8.0 Activation Through Separationp. 156
9.0 Separation Through LM Touchdownp. 157
9.1 Command Modulep. 157
9.2 Lunar Modulep. 158
10.0 Lunar Surfacep. 160
10.1 First EVA, Massifp. 161
10.2 Second EVA, South Massifp. 165
10.3 Third EVA, North Massifp. 166
11.0 CSM Circumlunar Operationsp. 169
12.0 Lift-Off, Rendezvous, and Dockingp. 172
13.0 Lunar Module Jettison Through TEIp. 175
14.0 Transearth Coastp. 178
15.0 Entryp. 182
16.0 Landing and Recoveryp. 186
17.0 Trainingp. 188
18.0 Command Module Systems Operationsp. 197
19.0 Lunar Module Systems Operationsp. 202
19.1 PGNCSp. 204
19.2 AGSp. 204
19.3 Propulsion Systemp. 205
19.4 Reaction Control Systemp. 205
19.5 Electrical Power Systemp. 206
19.6 Environmental Control Systemp. 206
19.7 Telecommunicationsp. 207
20.0 LRV Operationsp. 212
21.0 EMU Systemsp. 214
22.0 Flight Equipmentp. 214
22.1 CSMp. 214
22.2 LMp. 216
23.0 Flight Data Filep. 217
23.1 CSMp. 217
23.2 LMp. 217
23.3 Charts and Mapsp. 218
23.4 General Flight Planningp. 218
23.5 Preflight Supportp. 219
24.0 Visual Sightingsp. 220
25.0 Premission Planningp. 221
26.0 Mission Controlp. 222
27.0 Human Factorsp. 223
27.1 Preflightp. 223
27.2 Flightp. 223

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