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Even if a Saturn would be ready at the launch site, it would have been impossible. Each mission needed a specific version of the programs for the guidance computers of the LM and CM. Manual manufacture of the core rope memories took several months. The software version for each mission was an individual design for the specific launch date and landing ...


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How long would it take to launch an Apollo contingency flight, if, for example, the lunar lander couldn't get back up to orbit? There was never a facility for contingency launches on the Apollo lunar missions. The LM's ascent engine simply had to work, or the astronauts on the lunar surface would die there. All the Apollo launches were months apart. There ...


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How many solar system bodies have had coherent radio transponders? To communicate with other spacecraft or ground systems at Earth, one needs a transponder or transceiver. So I will show an abbreviated list of objects where landers successfully sent data to either an orbiting spacecraft or directly to Earth. However, the caveat is that I didn't dig into ...


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