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Apollo 12 moon landing turns 50

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/20/19, 11:06 am

Sandwiched between the first moon landing and the disastrous Apollo 13 mission, Apollo 12 often gets overlooked. Humans set foot on the moon for the second time on Nov. 19, 1969, just months after the first mission. According to NASA, mission commander Charles “Pete” Conrad’s words as he left the lunar landing module were “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”

What happened during Apollo 12? While Apollo 11 set out to prove a moon landing was possible, Apollo 12 had bigger goals. The mission included a pinpoint landing on the Ocean of Storms, more spacewalks outside the ship, and a longer stay on the lunar surface: 31½ hours.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s reflections in WORLD magazine on the Apollo 11 mission just before its 50th anniversary in July.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 11/20/2019 02:07 pm

    The moon landings were huge!  Astounding!  Miraculous in a way!  

    Now what do we achieve?  Rainbow lights on the White House, Congress ignoring the needs of this Nation to focus on “getting” the President, and widespread belief that the Salvation Army is a “hate organization.”

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 11/20/2019 03:31 pm

    What? Now they are after the Salvation Army?

    Some day some of those people who have trashed nice people will be looking for help, and there won't be any.

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 11/20/2019 03:29 pm

    Wow! They got some nice photos.

    I wonder if they were allowed copies for their family albums.

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