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Apollo 12
Apollo 12 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Investigate the lunar surface environment, emplace the first Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP), obtain samples from a second lunar mare, and enhance the capability for manned lunar exploration.

Crew:
Commander: Charles P. Conrad
Lunar module (Intrepid) pilot: Alan L. Bean
Command module (Yankee Clipper) pilot: Richard F. Gordon

Landing site:
Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms)

Accomplishments: Deployed ALSEP instrument package, collected more than 34 kg (75 lbs) of samples, photographed surface, investigated soil mechanics, collected samples of solar wind, collected parts of Surveyor 3 spacecraft, remained on lunar surface for more than 31 hours, including EVAs totaling nearly eight hours.


Key Dates
14 Nov 1969:  Launch
18 Nov 1969:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
20 Nov 1969:  Lunar Surface Departure
24 Nov 1969:  Recovery on Earth
Fast Facts
Apollo 12 Facts Second crewed landing on the moon.

The spacecraft was struck by lightning twice after launch, temporarily knocking out electrical power and telemetry.

Recovered parts of the Surveyor 3 (shown right) spacecraft, on which bacteria from Earth had survived.

Conrad was a USAF colonel on his third spaceflight. Bean and Gordon were both U.S. Navy commanders. This was Bean's first spaceflight and Gordon's second.
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