Apollo 17: The NASA Mission Reports

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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, documented in these reports, was the first mission to make it possible for a qualified geologist to explore the moon.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781896522593
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Godwin is the founder of Collector's Guide Publishing, the editor of the NASA Mission Reports series, and the author of The Illustrated Collector's Guide to Led Zeppelin and The Making of Led Zeppelin's IV. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Editor's Introduction 10
Press Kit
Comparison of Lunar Science Before & After Apollo 13
Apollo 17 Mission Objectives 18
Launch Operations 19
Countdown 20
Launch Windows 21
Ground Elapsed Time Update 22
Launch and Mission Profile 23
Launch Events 24
Mission Events 26
EVA Mission Events 29
Apollo 17 Landing Site 37
Lunar Surface Science 38
S-IVB Lunar Impact 38
Alsep 39
SNAP-27 41
Heat Flow Experiment 43
Lunar Ejecta and Meteorites 43
Lunar Seismic Profiling 43
Lunar Atmospheric Composition Experiment 46
Lunar Surface Gravimeter 46
Traverse Gravimeter 46
Surface Electrical Properties 47
Lunar Neutron Probe 48
Soil Mechanics 49
Lunar Geology Investigation 50
Lunar Geology Hand Tools 52
Long Term Surface Exposure Experiment 53
Lunar Orbital Science 56
Lunar Sounder 56
Infrared Scanning Radiometer 59
Far-Ultraviolet Spectrometer 59
Gamma Ray Spectrometer 60
Panoramic Camera 60
Mapping Camera 60
Laser Altimeter 61
CSM/LM S-Band Transponder 61
Apollo Window Meteoroid 61
Medical Tests and Experiments 62
Visual Light Flash Phenomenon 62
Biocore 62
Biostack 62
Cardiovascular Conditioning Garment 63
Skylab Mobile Laboratories Field Test 63
Food Compatibility Assessment 63
Engineering/Operational Tests & Demonstration 63
Heat Flow and Convection 63
Skylab Contamination Study 64
Lunar Roving Vehicle 64
General Description 65
Mobility System 65
Crew Station 66
Power System 67
Navigation System 67
Thermal Control 67
Stowage and Deployment 67
Lunar Communications Relay Unit 72
Television & Ground Commanded Television Assembly 73
Photographic Equipment 74
Astronaut Equipment 75
Space Suit 75
Personal Hygiene 77
Survival Kit 77
Medical Kits 77
Crew Food System 77
Apollo 17 Menu 78
Saturn V Launch Vehicle 81
Apollo Spacecraft 83
Launch Escape System 83
Command Module 83
Service Module 83
Spacecraft-LM adapter Structure 83
Lunar Module 83
Crew Biographies 86
Spaceflight Tracking & Data Support Network 91
NASA Communications Network (NASCOM) 91
Environmental Impact of Apollo/Saturn V Mission 93
Program Management 94
Conversion Table 96
Tables and Illustrations
Site Science Rationale 18
Apollo 17 Flight Profile 22
Comparison of Apollo Missions 23
Apollo 17 Descent Orbit Insertion Maneuvers 24
Apollo 17 Lunar Orbit Insertion 25
Apollo 17 CSM/LM Landing Events 25
Powered Descent Vehicle Positions 27
Apollo 17 Approach Phase 28
Field of View 28
Film Retrieval from the SIM Bay 29
Apollo 17 Crew Post Landing Activities 29
Apollo 17 Recovery 31
Apollo 17 VS Apollo 16 Operational Differences 31
Apollo 17 LRV Traverses 32
View From Commander's Window 33
Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Timeline 33
Apollo 17 Traverse Station Timeline - EVA 1 34
Apollo 17 Traverse Station Timeline - EVA 2 34
Apollo 17 Traverse Station Timeline - EVA 3 35
Apollo 17 EVA 1 Timeline 35
Apollo 17 EVA 2 Timeline 36
Apollo 17 EVA 3 Timeline 36
Apollo 17 Near LM Lunar Surface Activity 37
Schematic of Taurus-Littrow Landing Site 38
Geologic Map of Apollo 17 Landing Site 39
S-IVB/IU Impact 40
Apollo 17 ALSEP Deployment 41
Apollo Lunar Surface Science Mission Assignments 42
Lunar Seismic Profiling Experiment 44
LSPE Charge Deployment in LM Area 45
LSPE Charge Deployment Plan 45
Apollo 17 Traverse Gravimeter 47
Surface Electrical Properties Experiment 48
S-229 Lunar Neutron Probe 49
Apollo 17 LRV Traverses 50
Lunar Geology Sample Containers 54
Lunar Geology Equipment 54
Comparison of Lunar Surface Activities 56
Apollo Orbital Science Mission Assignments 57
Apollo 17 SIM Bay 58
Apollo 17 Lunar Sounder Configuration 58
Apollo Lunar Orbit Photographic Coverage 61
Lunar Field Geology Equipment Stowage on LRV 68
LRV Deployment Sequence 69
Hand Controller 70
LRV Wheel 70
LRV Crew Station Components - Control & Display Console 71
LRV Components and Dimensions 71
LRV Without Stowed Payload 72
Apollo 17 Television Events 74
Extravehicular Mobility Unit 76
Saturn V Launch Vehicle 82
Command Module/Service Module 84
Lunar Module 85
Tracking Stations 93
Pre-Mission Operation Report
Summary of Apollo/Saturn Flights 99
NASA OMSF Mission Objectives for Apollo 17 100
Primary Objectives 100
Mission Operations 100
Launch Through Translunar Injection 101
Translunar Coast Through Lunar Orbit Insertion 101
Descent Orbit Insertion Through Landing 102
Landing Site (Littrow Region) 102
Lunar Surface Operations 104
EVA Periods 104
First EVA Period 104
Second and Third EVA Periods 105
Lunar Orbit Operations 105
Post-LM Jettison Lunar Orbit Science 109
Transearth Injection Through Landing 109
Post-Landing Operations 110
Flight Crew Recovery 110
CM and Data Retrieval Operations 110
Alternate Missions 110
Earth Orbit 110
Lunar Orbit 111
CSM/LM (Operable DPS) 111
CSM/LM Inoperable DPS 111
CSM Alone 111
CSM Alone (From Landing Abort) 111
Experiments, Detailed Objectives, In-Flight Demos & Op. Tests 111
Experiments 112
Detailed Objectives 115
Inflight Demonstration 115
Operational Tests 116
Mission Configuration and Differences 117
Flight Crew Data 119
Mission Management Responsibility 120
Abbreviations and Acronyms 120
List of Figures
1 Apollo 17 Flight Profile 101
2 CSM/LM Landing Events 103
3 Apollo 17 Landing Site 104
4 Taurus-Littrow LRV Traverses 105
5 Near LM Lunar Surface Activity 106
6 Apollo 17 ALSEP Deployment 106
7 Apollo 17 EVA-1 Timeline 107
8 Apollo 17 EVA-2 Timeline 108
9 Apollo 17 EVA-3 Timeline 108
10 Apollo 17 Prime Crew 119
List of Tables
1 Launch Windows 100
2 TV and Photographic Equipment 118
Post Mission Operation Report
NASA OMSF Mission Objectives for Apollo 17 122
Primary Objectives 122
Assessment of the Apollo 17 Mission 122
Introduction 123
Prelaunch 123
Launch, Earth Parking Orbit & Translunar Injection 123
Translunar Coast 123
Lunar Orbit Insertion and S-IVB Impact 124
Descent Orbit Undocking Powered Descent & Landing 125
Lunar Surface 125
Ascent, Rendezvous, Docking, and LM Impact 126
Transearth Injection and Coast 126
Entry and Landing 127
Astronaut Recovery Operations 127
Command Module Retrieval Operations 127
Systems Performance 127
Flight Crew Performance 127
Surface Science 128
Experiment Summary 130
Inflight Science 130
List of Tables
1 Objectives & Experiments Primary Objectives 135
2 Apollo 17 Achievements 136
3 Powered Flight Sequence of Events 136
4 Mission Sequence of Events 137
5 Translunar and Maneuver Summary 138
6 Lunar Orbit Summary 139
7 Lunar Orbit Summary 139
8 Transearth Maneuver Summary 140
9 Consumables Summary 141
10 LSP Explosive PKG Events 142
11 SA-512 Launch Vehicle Discrepancy Summary 143
12 CSM 112 Disrecpancy Summary 143
13 LM 12 Discrepancy Summary 143
14 Lunar Roving Vehicle Discrepancy Summary 143
15 Crew/Equipment Discrepancy Summary 143
Technical Crew Debriefing
1.0 Suiting and Ingress 145
2.0 Status Checks and Countdown 145
3.0 Powered Flight 146
4.0 Earth Orbit and Systems Checkout 150
5.0 TLI Through S-IVB Closeout 150
6.0 Translunar Coast 152
7.0 LOI, DOI, Lunar Module Checkout 154
8.0 Activation Through Separation 156
9.0 Separation Through LM Touchdown 157
9.1 Command Module 157
9.2 Lunar Module 158
10.0 Lunar Surface 160
10.1 First EVA, Massif 161
10.2 Second EVA, South Massif 165
10.3 Third EVA, North Massif 166
11.0 CSM Circumlunar Operations 169
12.0 Lift-Off, Rendezvous, and Docking 172
13.0 Lunar Module Jettison Through TEI 175
14.0 Transearth Coast 178
15.0 Entry 182
16.0 Landing and Recovery 186
17.0 Training 188
18.0 Command Module Systems Operations 197
19.0 Lunar Module Systems Operations 202
19.1 PGNCS 204
19.2 AGS 204
19.3 Propulsion System 205
19.4 Reaction Control System 205
19.5 Electrical Power System 206
19.6 Environmental Control System 206
19.7 Telecommunications 207
20.0 LRV Operations 212
21.0 EMU Systems 214
22.0 Flight Equipment 214
22.1 CSM 214
22.2 LM 216
23.0 Flight Data File 217
23.1 CSM 217
23.2 LM 217
23.3 Charts and Maps 218
23.4 General Flight Planning 218
23.5 Preflight Support 219
24.0 Visual Sightings 220
25.0 Premission Planning 221
26.0 Mission Control 222
27.0 Human Factors 223
27.1 Preflight 223
27.2 Flight 223
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    A Valuable Source of Information About Apollo

    Robert Godwin's series of books and DVDs about the Apollo lunar missions are stuffed full of original source data, including images and film footage of the actual missions. They are essential for anyone interested in the history of humankind's first program of lunar exploration.

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