Kennedy Space Center
Apollo 16 40th Anniversary Soirée
April 14, 2012

Some time early in 2012, I got wind of an extraordinary event taking place at Kennedy Space Center.
Called the "Apollo 16 40th Anniversary Soirée", the event was being sponsored by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
The more I read about it, the more I wanted to go!
Here, then, are a few of the photos I took over the 4 day trip my wife and I made to Florida.


One of the happiest moments in my life!
My photo op with (L-R) Ed Mitchell (Apollo 14 LMP), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16 LMP),
and Fred Haise (Apollo 13 LMP).  I'm the dorky looking guy in the gray suit, center right.



Sections:
KSC Visitor Complex (see below)
Inside the Saturn V Center
The Apollo 16 40th Anniversary Soirée
Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Rocket Park at the KSC Visitor Center. Click here for the full size image
The 7 vertical rockets are, L-R: Mercury-Atlas, Gemini-Titan II, barely visible behind the Gemini-Titan is the Atlas-Agena,
Mercury-Redstone, Delta B, Juno II, Juno 1-Explorer 1
To the right lying on it's side is the Saturn 1B


The Saturn 1B, used to launch the Apollo 7 spacecraft as well as 3 Skylab crews and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Flight (ASTP).
Click here for the full size image
In front of it on the left is an F-1 engine, which powered the giant Saturn V moon rocket.  To the right
is one of the swing arms use during Apollo on which the crews walked out to enter their spacecraft for launch



Entrance to the KSC 
Visitor Center
Me & Mrs. D with
a fake astronaut
Yours Truly Orion mockup Astronaut Memorial Astronaut Memorial
On the path to 
the Rocket Park
Juno II Delta B The base of the 
Delta rocket
Mercury-
Atlas
Mercury-
Atlas, from
the ground up
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the full size 
image
Mercury-
Atlas, from
the ground up
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the full size 
image
Mercury-
Redstone
Juno 1-
Explorer 1
Atlas - 
Agena
Gemini - 
Titan II
Details of the Saturn 1B


Walk around photos of Gemini-Titan II LR-87 engines.  Photo at right is a large vertical
panorama made up of 3 seperate images. Click here for the full size image


Walk around photos of the giant Saturn V F-1 engine.  Photo at right is a large vertical
panorama made up of 3 seperate images.  Click here for the full size image


5 images of Swingarm 9 from the Apollo era.  At right, what it looked like for a mission
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Inside the Saturn V Center

The Saturn V herself

The sight that greets 
you upon entering 
the museum
The mighty F-1 engine
1.5 MILLION pounds
of thrust!
Detail of Saturn V 1st
S-IC stage, showing 
the airscoop
J-2 engine of the 
2nd S-II stage
J-2 cluster at the
base of the 2nd stage

Apollo Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) aka Spacesuit or Moon Suit

Eugene Cernan's A-7LB
suit for Apollo 17
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full size image
A-7LB LEVA
visor assembly
A-7LB LEVA
visor assembly
Lunar extravehicular
gloves
Lunar extravehicular
boots
Click here for my Apollo EMU section
 

Apollo 14 Command Module (CM) #110 aka "Kitty Hawk"

Oveall view of 
Kitty Hawk
The unified entry 
side hatch
The hatch gear box 
Click here for my CM Hatch page

Command-Service Module (CSM) #119

CSM #119 was originally designated as the "rescue vehicle" for the Skylab program.  It also served as backup for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program.
It is the only flight worthy CSM left on the planet.  Click here for my CM Hatch page

Lunar Module (LM) #9

LM 9 was originally slated to be flown on Apollo 15, which was originally supposed to have been an "H" mission
(same type as Apollos 12-14).
When Apollos 18-20 were cancelled, 15 was changed to a "J" mission, requiring a more advanced type
of Lunar Module.  Click here for an explanation of Apollo mission types

Lunar Transportation

The Lunar Roving 
Vehicle (LRV) used 
on Apollos 15-17
The Modularized 
Equipment Trasnporter 
(MET) used on 
Apollo 14
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The Apollo 16 40th Anniversary Soirée
The NASA bus at the 
hotel, waiting to take 
us to the event!

The League of (Truly) Extraordinary Gentlemen

*Charlie Duke, host of
the event, Lunar 
Module Pilot, 
Apollo 16
Rusty Schweickart,
Lunar Module Pilot,
Apollo 9
*Eugene Cernan, 
Lunar Module Pilot,
Apollo 10, and
Commander, Apollo 17
Jim Lovell, Command
Module Pilot, 
Apollo 8, and 
Commander, Apollo 13
*Alan Bean, 
Lunar Module Pilot, 
Apollo 12
Lunar Module 
centerpiece at mine
and all the tables
* Moon Walkers
Jim Lovell, Master of
Ceremonies for the 
presentation.  A very
charming and witty 
gentleman.
*Mr. Neil A. Armstrong
You could've heard a 
pin drop while he was 
speaking!
My view of the 
presentation portion
of the evening
L-R: Henry (Hank) 
Hartsfield, Shuttle astronaut, 
who was on the support 
team for Apollo 16;
*Ed Mitchell, Lunar Module 
Pilot, Apollo 14; Fred Haise,
Lunar Module Pilot, 
Apollo 13; *Charlie Duke, 
and Jim Lovell at the podium
The guys, no doubt 
having a ball talking 
about old times doing
incredible things
* Moon Walkers
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Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour
The VAB from a distance Launch Umbilical Tower Mobile Transporter Mobile Base KSC Firing Room
Building
Launch Complex 
39A
Launch Complex 39B,
once proud departure
point for space vehicles,
now stripped and bare

 
Walk around of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) mounted at the launch complex observation tower
Photo at right is a large vertical panorama made up of 3 seperate images. Click here for the full size image


A GORGEOUS NASA model of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with a Shuttle mounted on it's back,
inside the Mate-Demate Facility.  As soon as the Shuttles are flown off to their museums, this, too, will
become a relic, and probably be torn down.

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