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Questions tagged [apollo-12]

Apollo 12 was the second Moon-landing mission in NASA's Apollo program, and the program's sixth manned mission. It launched on November 14, 1969, had two lunar EVAs on November 19 and 20, and landed on Earth on November 24.

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Beyond the Apollo 12 incident, have there been any instances of triggered lightning?

As explained in this answer, the ionised plumes of engine exhausts can provide a low-resistance route for lightning strikes during a launch, potentially endangering the vehicle. This is thought to ...
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What was learned from study of Surveyor-3's components, retrieved and returned to Earth by Apollo-12?

A comment by @Hobbes on the question How did Apollo-12 manage to land next to Surveyor-3? First “Space-Tourists”? points out that the "souvenirs" removed and retrieved from the Surveyor-3 lander by ...
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How did Apollo-12 manage to land next to Surveyor-3? First “Space-Tourists”?

To me this looks like the first instance of space-tourism (humor, pls don't add the tag, see exemplary documentation at end of question). The astronauts landed next to Surveyor-3 on purpose, got out ...
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Why was Apollo 12 allowed to go up in such bad weather?

I'd always heard the story about how Apollo 12 was struck by lightning and wondered why they let it head up in a storm. They always check the weather before a launch, and if there is any chance of ...
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What does 'Switch SCE to AUX' mean?

During the launch of Apollo 12 a major malfunction was caused by 2 lightning strikes. See http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2013/02/apollo-12-struck-by-lightning.html for more info. The solution ...