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Target: Moon  
State: Planned

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Kind: Crewed lunar landing (H)

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: NASA



Duration: 9 days, 1 minute, 58 seconds

Mission Ending

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson


Rocket: Saturn V SA-509

Kind: NASA

Manufacturer: CSM: North American RockwellLM: Grumman

Mass: 102,084 pounds (46,305 kg)

Launch Site: Kennedy LC-39A


"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun


Reference System: Selenocentric

1º Orbit: Lunar


Place: Lunar

Region: Fra Mauro3°38′43″S 17°28′17″W / 3.64530°S 17.47136°W / -3.64530, -17.47136

Date: February 5, 1971, 09:18:11 UTC

Component: Lunar module

Apollo 14 was the eighth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program, the third to land on the Moon, and the first to land in the lunar highlands. It was the last of the "H missions," landings at specific sites of scientific interest on the Moon for two-day stays with two lunar extravehicular activities (EVAs or moonwalks). The mission was originally scheduled for 1970, but was postponed because of the investigation following the failure of Apollo 13 to reach the Moon's surface, and the need for modifications to the spacecraft as a result. Commander Alan Shepard, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell launched on their nine-day mission on Sunday, January 31, 1971, at 4:03:02 p.m. EST, following a weather delay of forty minutes and two seconds. En route to the lunar landing, the crew overcame a series of malfunctions that might have resulted in a second consecutive aborted mission, and possibly, the premature end of the Apollo program. Shepard and Mitchell made their lunar landing on February 5 in the Fra Mauro formation – originally the target of Apollo 13. During the two walks on the surface, 94.35 pounds (42.80 kg) of Moon rocks were collected, and several scientific experiments were deployed. To the dismay of some geologists, Shepard and Mitchell did not reach the rim of Cone crater as had been planned, though they came close. In Apollo 14's most famous incident, Shepard hit two golf balls he had brought with him with a makeshift club. While Shepard and Mitchell were on the surface, Roosa remained in lunar orbit aboard the Command and Service Module, performing scientific experiments and photographing the Moon, including the landing site of the future Apollo 16 mission. He took several hundred seeds on the mission, many of which were germinated on return, resulting in the so-called Moon trees, that were widely distributed in the following years. After liftoff from the surface and a successful docking, the spacecraft was flown back to Earth where the three astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean on February 9.