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Archive for Sunday, January 30, 2011

40 years ago: J-W publisher attends Apollo 14 launch

January 30, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 30, 1971:

  • At Cape Kennedy (now Cape Canaveral) in Florida, the next day’s launching of the Apollo 14 spacecraft was on schedule. The astronauts were relaxing in crew quarters five miles from the launchpad. This was to be the first manned launch to the moon since the nearly-disastrous Apollo 13 mission in April 1970. Dolph C. Simons Jr., publisher of the Journal-World, was present at the launch preparations as a guest of NASA. He had been given a tour of the space center and a briefing on the launching of the sixth manned moon launch. The official party was to have a close view of the actual blastoff on the following afternoon.
  • In true Kansas style, the spring-like weather had come to an abrupt end, with a pleasant 61 degrees plummeting to 25, with overnight lows expected around 10 degrees.

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