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Item 220 - Gene Kranz Catalog 429 (May 2014)

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Kranz’s handwritten meeting notes and agendas for the Flight Control Division from November 25, 1969, to February 25, 1970, all contained on both sides of 43 pages in an 8.5 x 11 spiral-bound notebook. The notes begin the day after the splashdown of Apollo 12, with Kranz conducting meetings on a variety of topics including: manned and unmanned satellites, a schedule change for Apollo 13, Apollo 13 landing sites, the space shuttle, lunar rovers, Viking, various staffing, several Apollo missions (including Apollo 20), the viewing of the Marooned movie, and a presentation to the president. Astronauts mentioned by name in the agendas are Edgar Mitchell, Dave Scott, and Gene Cernan, with a reference to “Neil.”

A small selection of the notes include:

11/25/69: “Thanx & well done…Debriefing of A-12…Shirt & tie for prime operators when on shift.”

12/5/69: “LCRV—no way to point antenna on the rover—we should be willing to accept loss of comm for periods up to 15 min…PLSS checks…Review constraints on the EVA—5 hr suit limit from surg’ns–dehydration…Comments on Buddy System—umbilical…How to handle a LEM EVA. Rover navigation—primary technique is map following & voice to crew. Backup is to follow tracks back to S/C—Purpose: know where you are—know how to get back.”

12/9/69: “A-13 Site Selection Meeting…Look at relationship between P-22 success & the A-12 landing, & limited success chance on A-13 due to tight timeline & the effect of cross range must be considered since CSM & LM may not be in the same place.”

1/7/70: “Apollo schedule—A-13 may go to April; A-20 deleted.”

1/16/70: “Possibly drop out the mission comparison—simplify. Apollo-lunar environment; Shuttle—E. O. environment with 3 msn that we have accomplished reliably in Gemini & Apollo.”

2/4/70: “Going to 3 full EVA’s on A-14. Sleep between 1 & 2, rest prior 3 & sleep after 3.”

2/4/70: “Space Shuttle Briefing…build smaller vehicle using todays systems & technology. Payload 10-15K; operational 1975.”

In fine condition, with a light central vertical bend. An impressive collection of thoughts and issues faced by Kranz as the Apollo program continued on, with new insight into the development of the shuttle. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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