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40 years ago: Apollo 14 astronauts make successful lunar landing

February 5, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 5, 1971:

  • Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the fifth human to leave his imprint on the moon, followed by Edgar D. Mitchell, who stepped out of the Apollo 14 lunar lander 10 minutes later. Shepard, 47, fulfilling a decade-old personal dream, said, “It’s been a long way, but we’re here,” as his boot touched the talcum-powder-like surface.
  • Two and a half inches of snow fell on top of a thick coating of sleet in the Lawrence area overnight, and city crews were busy spreading 20 to 30 tons of sand and salt on city streets. The freezing precipitation was over for the time, but temperatures were expected to remain in the teens and 20s. Centennial Park, on Ninth Street west of Iowa, was recommended by the Parks and Recreation officials as a good sledding area, as it had recently been lighted for nighttime activities.
  • Building was off to its fastest-ever January start with $1,463,650 in new building permits issued from the office of the building inspector. The bulk of the total, however, was due to the start of a $1,180,000 addition to the Meadowbrook apartment complex at 15th and Crestline.

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