The command, service, & lunar landing module completes my collection of Nanoblock, “NASA space craft.” The Apollo program, command & service modules along with the lunar landing module. The command and service modules were used by NASA & astronauts as the mothership during the first human moon landings from 1969 to 1972. The command module (or capsule) housed three astronauts during the launch phase, & re-entry phase, along with flight & lunar orbiting. During re-entry the capsule would sever its connection from the service module (powered the CM, held oxygen, etc.) to begin its re-entry into earths atmosphere for splashdown into the ocean.
During re-entry the capsule would go through a phase called, communications blackout.” During the Apollo missions the blackout phase would usually last around 3 minutes. This was caused by an envelope of ionized air around the craft, created by the heat from the compression of the atmosphere by the craft.
The lunar landing module would become the most reliable component of the Apollo/Saturn space programs, the only to never suffer a failure that could not be corrected in time to prevent abort of a landing mission. Fifteen modules were ever built, of these only ten were launched into space. Of the ten only six successfully landed humans on the moon. The first two were used in low earth orbit testing, one was used as a “dress rehearsal” flight in low lunar orbit, & another as a “lifeboat” for the crew of one of the scariest missions in NASA history, Apollo 13. The cost for the Apollo program would total a cost of $25.4 billion dollars.
Names of each lunar landing modules by missions:
Apollo 5: No name assigned
Apollo 9: Spider
Apollo 10: Snoopy
Apollo 11: Eagle
Apollo 12: Intrepid
Apollo 13: Aquarius
Apollo 14: Antares
Apollo 15: Falcon
Apollo 16: Orion
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