The last few images in Robert A. Braeunig's Apollo 11's Translunar Trajectory; and how they avoided the heart of the radiation belts are fascinating and a bit perplexing as discussed in this answer and the comments below it.
This got me wondering what it would take to reconstruct the trajectories of one or more of the Apollo missions from scratch.
- only the crewed components that NASA tracked carefully because there were people on board
- primarily outside of Earth's atmosphere where I can numerically integrate trajectories without aerodynamics
Are there raw data out there somewhere? Perhaps range-rate, Doppler etc.? I'm assuming these were recorded and analyzed post mission and written up post-mission, with some tables, but are there large tables of state vectors? Is the raw data available somehow?
Question: If I wanted to reconstruct an entire Apollo mission's crewed spacecraft trajectories, what are the key sources of historical data I'd look for? Where might I find some of them?
There may be some promising leads in answers to Where to look for historical or reconstructed orbit data for early NASA missions - Mercury-Atlas 6 for example. Maybe some day we can get the final answer to Puzzler: Precisely what maximum distance from the Earth did the Apollo 13 astronauts achieve?