Apollo 12

Apollo 12 - was the sixth manned flight in the Apollo Space Program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, four months after Apollo 11.

The crew of mission


Start mission

Apollo 12 - spacecraft mission Apollo, which in 1969 for the second time in history landed on the lunar surface. The objectives that set for the crew: collecting samples of lunar soil, photographing the lunar surface, installation of scientific instruments and conduct several experiments on the Moon.

Flight of Apollo 12 took place after 121 days after the Apollo 11 mission. In the Control Center among the guests of honor attended by President Richard Nixon. At the launch site and the surrounding areas start watching about 300 thousand people. Apollo 12 was launched November 14, 1969, at 16 hours 22 minutes.

November 14, 1969, Kennedy LC-39A

Lunar landing

During the landing on the moon for the first time was involved semi-automatic landing system, which is a statement of astronauts worked perfectly. On the spaceship also was present and fully automatic landing system. According to the statement astronauts layer of lunar dust was here much more than in the landing area of Apollo 11.

The astronauts landed not far from the unit Surveyor-3 that was sent to the first lunar program - a "soft landing" April 17, 1967. Astronauts have examined him and removed some elements. The astronauts explored the surroundings, collecting samples of lunar soil and photographed the area.

November 19, 1969, Ocean of Storms

End of mission

The crew splashed down November 24, 1969, 20:58:24. On the water, the crew compartment was originally set to the position (bottom to up), but after a few minutes using an inflatable balloon was flipped into normal position. When divers turned the ship, the camera fell and slashed Alan Bean eyebrow.

When flying ships Apollo 11, 12, 14 was strict quarantine measures for fear bring to Earth dangerous microorganisms since no organisms found, after the flight of the spaceship Apollo 15 strict quarantine measures would cancel. A helicopter brought the crew on board the aircraft carrier after 1 hour and 10 minutes after splashdown.

November 24, 1969, South Pacific Ocean


Summary of mission

The entire Apollo 12 mission lasted 10 days, 4 hours, 36 minutes, 24 seconds. Directly on the moon, the astronauts spent 7 hours, 45 minutes, 18 seconds.

The total distance which the astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean had passed equals 2 km.

Time in space

As in the previous Apollo Mission, astronauts placed an American flag

During his stay on the Moon, astronauts managed to collect 34.4-kilogram moon rocks that were eventually sent to various labs and universities around the world.

Astronauts of Apollo 12 have conducted more than 10 experiments, results of these experiments were either radioed to Earth.

Place, which NASA was approved for landing on the Moon for Apollo 12, was
 an Ocean of Storms.