November 15, 2012

The Chaos of the Apollo 12 Launch

Amy Teitel, Discovery News


AP Photo

The morning of Nov. 14th, 1969, was stormy at NASA's Cape Canaveral launch site, but the Saturn V on the launchpad was going to the moon regardless. Conditions weren't bad enough to force a scrub, and President Nixon was on site so no one wanted to see the schedule slip. At 11:22 a.m., the monster rocket roared to life and cleared the tower. It was a perfect launch for the first 37 seconds.

Then, all hell broke loose.

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