Apollo 14
"Kitty Hawk "

NSSDC ID: 71-008A
Description:
This spacecraft was the third Apollo mission to land humans on the moon. On February 5, 1971, the Apollo 14 lunar module (LM) landed two men (Commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. and LM pilot Edgar D. Mitchell) in the hilly upland region 24 km north of the rim of Fra Mauro crater, while the command and service module (CSM) (piloted by Stuart A. Roosa) continued in a lunar equatorial orbit. The Apollo lunar surface experiments package (ALSEP) was placed on the surface of the moon, and samples of the lunar surface were acquired. Various frames of 16-mm, 35-mm, 70-mm, and 5-in. mapping film were exposed by the astronauts from the LM and CM and on the lunar surface. Performance was good for most aspects of the mission. The Apollo 14 spacecraft was launched on January 31, 1971, and was injected into lunar orbit on February 4. The LM landed on the moon on February 5 and returned to the command module on February 6. The CSM continued in a near circular orbit at approximately 100 km altitude. The command module left lunar orbit on February 7 and returned to earth on February 9, 1971. The mission lasted a total of 216 hours, 1 minute, 57 seconds. Information on the Apollo 14 LM is contained in record 71-008C.

The Apollo 14 command module "Kitty Hawk" is currently on display as part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's travelling exhibit.

Crew:
Alan B. Shepard, Jr., commander
Stuart A. Roosa, command module pilot
Edgar D. Mitchell, lunar module pilot

Launch Information:
Launch Date/Time: 1970-04-11 at 19:13:00 UTC
Returned to Earth: 9 February 1971 UT 21:04:59 (04:04:59 PM EST)
Launch Site/Country: Cape Canaveral, United States
On-orbit dry mass: 29290.00 kg
Launch Vehicle: Saturn 5
Orbital Information:
Orbit: Orbiter
Central Body: Earth
Landed on Moon: 5 February 1971 UT 08:37:10 (03:37:10 AM EST)
Landing Site: Fra Mauro (3.67 S, 17.47 W)
Epoch start date/time: 1971.035:07:00:00 (04 Feb.)
Epoch end date/time: 1971.038:01:39:00 (07 Feb.)
Orbital Period: 2.00 h
Project Manager
Dr. Rocco A. Petrone
Address Unknown

Discipline(s)
Astronomy
Human Crew
Planetary Science
Space Physics
Sponsoring Agencies/Countries
NASA-Office of Manned Space Flight/United States


Text Courtesy of The National Space Science Data Center