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Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms.
Wikipedia - Apollo 12.
The first Seattle-born astronaut to fly in space, [Richard F.] Dick Gordon, [Jr.], passed away on Monday at his home in California at the age of 88, NASA and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation reported.
He flew into orbit in 1966 as pilot for the Gemini 11 mission. Three years later, he was the command module pilot for Apollo 12, and orbited the moon while crewmates Pete Conrad and Alan Bean went down to the lunar surface.
Gordon was born in Seattle in 1929 and graduated from North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Wash., in 1947. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Washington in 1951.
After college, Gordon became a naval aviator.
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
President John F. Kennedy, at Rice University, Sept. 1962
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
The Right Stuff is all I can think of. The training, the testing, the stuff Tom Wolfe chronicled in his book.
It is hard to say good-bye to an era. Godspeed indeed...