Jan 26

Space Rocket History #381 – Mariner 8 & 9

Mariner 8 and 9 were virtually identical and designed to continue the atmospheric studies begun by Mariner 6 and 7, and to hopefully map over 70% of the Martian surface.

Mariner 8 and 9 were Identical

Launch of Mariner 9

Parts Diagram of Mariners 8 & 9

Jan 12

Space Rocket History #380 – Apollo 17 – The Finale

The Apollo 17 mission was the most productive and trouble-free piloted mission to the moon and represented the culmination of continual advancements in hardware, procedures, training, planning, operations, and scientific experiments.

Ron Evan’s Spacewalk

Three Good Chutes

Aboard Ticonderoga

Dec 22

Space Rocket History #379 – Apollo 17 – Lunar Lift off, Docking & Orbital Science

At 4:56 Houston time, Gene rested the tip of his left index finger on the yellow ignition button.

Lunar Lift-off

The Landing Site

Sulpicius Gallus


Dec 08

Space Rocket History #378 – Apollo 17 – Moonwalk 3 – The Last Steps on the Moon

“As we leave the Moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo Seventeen.” – Gene Cernan’s final words from the surface of the Moon.

Split Boulder

Moon Rock at the Smithsonian

EVA Close-out