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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 14, the third American mission to successfully put men on the Moon. Commander Alan Shepard, America’s first man in space during the Mercury program in 1961, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, launched on Jan. 31, 1971 atop a massive Saturn V rocket on their way to the Moon. It was NASA’s first mission after the nearly-tragic explosion and fire on Apollo 13, which ultimately resulted in several critical improvements to the Command Service Module on Apollo 14 and subsequent Apollo flights.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum is celebrating the achievements of Apollo 14 with a special video reunion with Flight Director Gerry Griffin and Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, one of the CAPCOMS on Apollo 14. Both were key figures in the success of Apollo 14 and were part of an All-Star team of flight directors, CAPCOMs, support crews, engineers and designers who helped make the mission such a critical success to future Apollo missions. The first part of the video reunion will launch on Friday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The second part will be available on Monday, Feb. 15.
By January 1971 when Apollo 14 launched, Griffin was now on his a veteran of several Apollo missions as a Flight Director. For Apollo 14, Griffin was surrounded by a group of flight directors who also were veterans of multiple flights, including Peter Frank, Glynn Lunney, and Milt Windler.
Haise, who had flown to the Moon on Apollo 13, volunteered to be a CAPCOM on Apollo 14 because he had trained for the mission on Apollo 13 and was intimately familiar with the mission’s parameters. He had also served in Mission Control as a CAPCOM and mission resource as a member of the back-up crews for Apollos 8, 9 and 11.
Griffin and Haise are sure to share never-before-heard stories and insights into Apollo 14. Check back to the Museum’s website and Facebook and YouTube feeds to enjoy this remarkable reunion.