APOLLO MANNED LUNAR LANDING.
"Apollo Manned Lunar Landing, GOSS - Mission Profile," large color lithograph, Daytona Beach, FL, General Electric Company for NASA/MSC, December 31, 1964, 18 by 54 inches, framed.
A magnificent representation of the critical steps required during an Apollo flight to land on the moon. Signed by several Apollo Astronauts who made this voyage.
There are 122 numbered steps along a path that leads from the Earth to the moon and back. The data flow of telemetry and communications is highlighted near the center, which is the backbone of the Ground Operations Support System (GOSS).
Key illustrated steps during the Apollo Saturn launch phase include ignition and separation of all stages, escape tower jettison, then orbital checkouts. Events before and after the Trans-Lunar Injection burn are attitude adjustments, S-IVB (Saturn third stage) re-ignition, CSM separation and docking with the LM, then LM extraction from the S-IVB. Several engine burns are shown, leading up to arrival of the CSM/LM at the moon, then various system check-outs to enable the lunar landing. Step 68 shows the LM during hover and then lunar touchdown, with step 72 having the crew outside exploring the surface.
A second moon in the diagram gives room for the steps required for the LM to leave the lunar surface, dock with the CSM, and prepare for the long engine burn to return to the earth. Several steps cover re-entry and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
Inscribed along the earth's rim: "First Manned Apollo Flight, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7." Between the Earth and moon: "First LM to lunar orbit, Tom Stafford, Apollo X Cdr, LM-4" and "Fred Haise, Apollo 13, Planned 3rd Lunar Landing but Boom!" Near the lower moon, Alan Bean has written: "Second Lunar Landing, Alan Bean, Apollo 12." The upper right has two inscriptions: "Fourth Lunar Landing, Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP" and "Fifth Lunar Landing, Apollo 16, Charles M. Duke, Jr, LMP." Dave Scott has written on the upper moon: "4th lunar landing, Apollo 15, Dave Scott." At the lower moon, Gene Cernan has written: "First LM to Lunar Orbit, A-X, Last Lunar Landing, Apollo XVII, Gene Cernan."