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Apollo 14
Apollo 14 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Deploy and conduct experiments, take photographs, bring lunar rock and soil samples to Earth.

Crew:
Commander: Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
Lunar module (Antares) pilot: Edgar D. Mitchell
Command module (Kitty Hawk) pilot: Stuart A. Roosa

Landing site: North of Fra Mauro crater

Accomplishments: Carried out the longest list so far of experiments on the lunar surface and in lunar orbit, demonstrated that reasonably long distances can be covered on foot on the moon, brought almost 43 kg (95 lbs) of lunar samples to Earth.


Key Dates
31 Jan 1971:  Launch
4 Feb 1971:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
5 Feb 1971:  Lunar Landing
6 Feb 1971:  Lunar Surface Departure
9 Feb 1971:  Recovery on Earth
Fast Facts
Apollo 14 Facts Third crewed mission to the lunar surface.

Shepard was the oldest person to walk on the moon (47 years old).

The command module was named "Kitty Hawk" after the town in North Carolina where the Wright brothers made the first powered flight.

The lunar module was named "Antares" for the star it used to orient itself for lunar landing.

Except for the 15-minute suborbital flight which made Alan Shepard (above) the first American in space, this was the first spaceflight for each of the astronauts.
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