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LM Mission Profiles  

LM 1
Test Team Mgr: J. Harrington
Deputy: R. Carlin

Apollo 5
Launch vehicle: Saturn 1B
Launch: 22 January 1968
Re-entry: 22 January 1968 (LM ascent stage)
12 February 1968 (LM descent stage)

LM 1: Earth Orbit

This was the first flight test of the Apollo LM. The flight verified ascent-and descent-stage propulsion systems, including restart and throttle operations. It also evaluated LM staging and fourth-stage orbital performance.

LM 1 at the Cape.

LM-1 patch courtesy Space Mission Patches.
"There was no crew aboard, and this was the only LM to fly without one. The engineers at Grumman Aircraft, who had built the LM, felt that the mission deserved a patch, and so they designed one. One of the objectives of the flight was to test 'fire in the hole' - operation of the ascent stage engine while the LM's two stages were still mated. This is the inspiration for the design on the patch. Since there was no need for - nor way to test - the landing gear, it was omitted on LM-1. The moon, the LM's ultimate destination, appears on the right of the patch. So, this patch was not designed by a crew in the conventional sense, but by a surrogate "crew" in the form of the concerned 'parents' of this baby. I present it here in memory of Tom Kelly, 'father of the LM,' who died on 23 March 2002, at the age of 72." -- Eugene Dorr, Space Mission Patches

LM 2

LM 2: At Smithsonian

LM-2 was meant to be used in low Earth orbit to test the techniques of separation, rendezvous, and docking with the command and service module. The second of two such test vehicles, its mission was cancelled because of the complete success of the first flight. It currently can be seen at the National Aeronautics and Space Museum, Washington DC.

LM 2....Today.

LM3 "Spider"
Test Team Mgrs: Moe Roth/Red Haftner
 ATTL - Electrical: J. Farrell

Apollo 9
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 3 March 1969
Recovery: 13 March 1969
Crew: James McDivitt,
Russell Schweickart,
David Scott

LM3 "Spider": Earth Orbit

This was the first manned flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft including the LM. The mission was to test the entire integrated system, especially a manned test flight of the independent LM, and to rendezvous between the LM and CSM (CSM-104). Two  crew members conducted extravehicular activities (EVAs) and a simulated LM rescue  was conducted. The flight was successful and all objectives were met. Splashdown in the  Atlantic came after 241 hours 1 minute.

LM 3 in Earth Orbit.

LM-3 patch courtesy Space Patches.

LM 4 "Snoopy"

Apollo 10
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 18 May 1969
Recovery: 26 May 1969
Crew: Eugene Cernan,
Thomas Stafford,
John Young

LM 4 "Snoopy": Lunar Orbit

The mission of Apollo 10 was to conduct all phases of Apollo spacecraft operations except the actual lunar landing, including rendezvous and docking between the CSM and LM in lunar orbit and descent of the LM to within 50,000 feet of the moon's surface. The SPS was restarted on the 31st lunar orbit, bringing the mission to a Pacific splashdown after 192 hours 3 minutes.

LM 4 Ascent Stage.

LM 5 "Eagle"
Test Team Mgr: J. Goldmacher

Apollo 11
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 16 July 1969
Recovery: 24 July 1969
Crew: Edwin Aldrin,
Neil Armstrong,
Michael Collins

LM 5 "Eagle": Landed on Moon

This mission conducted the first manned landing on a celestial body other than earth, touching down on the surface of the moon on 20 July 1969. Apollo 11 entered lunar orbit on 19 July, 75 hours 50 minutes into the mission. At 101 hours 12 minutes, Aldrin and Armstrong in LM-5 (Eagle) separated from CSM-107 (Columbia) to make their descent to the lunar surface, where they landed in the Sea of Tranquility (0" 4'15" N lat/23" 26' E long) at 102 hours 45 minutes into the mission. Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon at 109 hours 42 minutes, and was followed by Aldrin 20 minutes later. The total elapsed time spent by the two men outside the spacecraft during EVA was 2 hours 30 minutes, ending at 111 hours 39 minutes. They both walked about 300 feet from the LM, gathered 44 pounds of rock samples and conducted other scientific evaluations. At 124 hours 22 minutes, the Eagle's ascent stage was fired and Eagle re-docked with Columbia at 128 hours 3 minutes. The LM was separated from the CSM, which returned to earth and splashed down in the Pacific at 195 hours18 minutes.

LM 5 reflected in the vizor of Buzz Aldrin

LM 6 "Intrepid"
Test Team Mgr: J. Farrell
Deputy: F Ablan
 ATTL - Electrical: J. J. McCue
ATTL - Fluids: L. Francino

Apollo 12
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 14 November 1969
Recovery: 24 November 1969
Crew: Alan Bean,
Charles Conrad,
Richard Gordon

LM 6 "Intrepid": Landed on Moon

The mission made a precision landing on the lunar surface in the Sea of Storms on 19 November at 110 hours 32 minutes, 535 feet northwest of the unmanned lunar Lander, Surveyor 3, which had soft-landed on 20 April 1967. Surveyor was examined, photographed and its l7-pound television camera and other parts recovered. The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) was deployed and left on the moon's surface to gather scientific, seismic and engineering data over a long period. The mission collected 75 pounds of lunar material and ended after 244 hours 36 minutes with splashdown in the Pacific.

Closeup of LM 6 on the moon....
note the bent lunar contact
probe on the foreground leg.

LM 7 "Aquarius"

Apollo 13
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 11April 1970
Recovery: 17 April 1970
Crew: Fred Haise,
James Lovell,
John Swigert

LM 7 "Aquarius": Earth-Moon-Earth Lifeboat

The intended mission was to effect the third soft landing on the moon, but the landing was aborted because of systems failure. At 55 hours 55 minutes into the mission, after a trouble-plagued launch, an electrical short circuit caused an explosion and fire in the Service Module that resulted in failure of the spacecraft's number two oxygen tank and loss of most of the electrical power in the Command Module. At 61 hours 30 minutes, the spacecraft had reached the moon and effected a mid-course maneuver by firing the LM's descent engine to put it on a return-to-earth trajectory. Although the life support system of the CM was damaged, there was just enough oxygen available in the LM Aquarius to use it as a 'lifeboat' to get the crew back to earth safely, where they splashed down in the Pacific.

"S/CAT" view of LM 7's aft equipment bay.

LM 8 "Antares"
Test Team Mgr: C. Clark

Apollo 14
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 31 January 1971
Recovery: 9 February 1971
Crew: Edgar Mitchell,
Stuart Roosa,
Alan Shepard 

LM 8 "Antares": Landed on moon

The Apollo 14 spacecraft (CSM-110 Kitty Hawk and LM-8 Antares) weighed more than any previous Apollo craft because of safety modifications introduced in the wake of the nearly disastrous Apollo 13 flight. Antares landed in the Fra Mauro Crater, 110 miles east of Apollo 12 on 5 February. The astronauts spent a record of 9 hours 24 minutes outside theLM on the surface deploying the ALSEP and collecting 94 pounds of lunar material for 187 projects in the US and 14 foreign countries. The Kitty Hawk returned to earth for a Pacific splashdown 216 hours 2 minutes after launch.

A lonely looking LM 8.....
note the Equipment Transporter tracks.

LM 9
Test Team Mgr: J. Farrell
Deputy: F. Ablan
ATTL - Electrical: F. Pullo
ATTL - Fluids: A. Golinsky

LM 9: Kennedy Space Center

This is the H-series LM 9, which is on display at the Saturn V Center at KSC. It was originally scheduled for Apollo 15, but was replaced with LM 10 which was a J-Series "extended stay" LM. It currently is configured "as built by Grumman" --- ready to go to the moon. LM 9 is suspended on four cables attached to the landing gear outriggers. These are the same points used to attach the LM to the Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter (SLA).

LM9 donated parts to the following missions.

LM 10 "Falcon"
Test Team Mgr: T. Gillen 
Deputy: J. E. Murman

Apollo 15
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 26 July 1971
Recovery: 7 August 1971
Crew: James Irwin,
David Scott,
Alfred Worden

LM 10 "Falcon": Landed on moon

The fourth successful manned lunar landing, this was also the first of the Apollo J missions capable of a longer stay on the lunar surface and the first to carry the LRV. The total EVA time on the lunar surface was a record 18 hours 37 minutes. Extensive documentation of geologic features was accomplished and 173 pounds of lunar samples were collected. Other activities included deployment of the ALSEP array and drilling for a core sample 10 feet below the lunar surface. The lift-off of the ascent module of the Falcon LM-10 was the first seen on earth via television. Falcon rejoined the CSM on the latter's 50th lunar orbit and the particles and fields (P&F) subsatellite was released on the 74th orbit. On the return to earth, Worden conducted the first deep-space EVA, collecting film cassettes from the SM. Splashdown was in the Pacific after a record 295 hours.

LM 10 listing 11 degrees

LM 11 "Orion"
Test Team Mgr: J. Farrell
 Deputy: F. Ablan
ATTL - Electrical: F. Pullo
ATTL - Fluids: A. Golinsky

Apollo 16
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 16 April 1972
Recovery: 27 April 1972
Crew: Charles Duke,
Thomas Mattingly,
John Young

LM 11 "Orion": Landed on moon

The second of the Apollo J series missions included a total of 20 hours 14 minutes of EVA on the lunar surface in which Duke and Young deployed the ALSEP and conducted extensive surface travel aboard the LRV. During the surface exploration new lunar terrain data was obtained, along with 209 Pounds of lunar samples. Because of guidance problems and yaw oscillations encountered in the SM propulsion system prior to the landing, NASA decided beforehand to cut the mission short. Having released a P&F satellite in lunar orbit, the CSM returned to earth a day early, splashing down after 265 hours 51 minutes.

LM 12 "Challenger"
Test Team Mgr: T Gillen
Deputy: J E Murman

Apollo 17
Launch vehicle: Saturn 5
Launch: 7 December 1972
Recovery: 19 December 1972
Crew: Gene Cernan,
 Ronald Evans,
 Harrison Schmitt

LM 12 "Challenger": Landed on moon

The third of three Apollo J-series missions was also the sixth and final successful American lunar landing. The ALSEP was deployed, and Cernan and Schmitt conducted an extensive survey of the lunar surface aboard the LRV. Soil samples taken at Shorty Crater revealed for the first time orange-colored material in the soil. The last human activity on the moon's surface during the Apollo program came at 5:23 pm EST on 13 December 1972, with lift-off of the LM ascent module at 5:55 pm. Splashdown in the Pacific occurred after 301 hours 51 minutes.

Rendezvous of LM 12....
the last flight of the Grumman "Bug"

LM 13


LM 13: At Cradle of Aviation Museum

This vehicle, LM-13, which was to have flown on the canceled Apollo 18 flight, is on permanent loan from the Smithsonian Institution to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, near its birthplace at Northrop Grumman. Grumman's facility in Bethpage, New York, designed and produced the lunar modules, which would orbit the moon, attached to command and service modules.
-- ASME Landmarks: #218 Apollo Lunar Module LM-13 (1972)

Apollo Lunar Module LM-13Ascent Module
LM-13 in the Cradle of Aviation setting that replicates the Eagle's moon landing; inside the ascent module


These patches, and many others, can be apparently purchased from Space Patches:


Lunar Module SpaceCraft Assembly & Test - original photos and text by Frank A Pullo 1997 FAP Systems Group All rights reserved.
Reposted with new material by Eric Hartwell licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License
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