Category: august 5

August 5, 1968: Apollo 7 astronauts Walter Cunningham, Donn Eisele, and Wally Schirra stand on the deck of the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever after suiting up for splashdown training in the Gulf of Mexico. (NASA)

August 5, 1968 – “Apollo Spacecraft 101 Command/Service Modules being moved into position for mating with Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter (SLA)-5 in the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building. Apollo Spacecraft 101 will be flown on the first manned Apollo space mission, Apollo 7 (Spacecraft 101/Saturn 205).“ (NASA)

August 5, 1969 – NASA displays moon rocks brought back with the Apollo 11 mission. The rock box was opened for the first time in the Vacuum Laboratory of Johnson Space Center’s Lunar Receiving Laboratory. (NASA)

Planet Earth, observed by the MESSENGER space probe during a flyby on its way to Mercury, August 5, 2005.

(NASA/(Wikipedia)

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Apollo 7 astronauts Walter Cunningham, Donn Eisele, and Wally Schirra stand on the deck of the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever after suiting up for splashdown training in the Gulf of Mexico, August 5, 1968. (NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: The great Neil Armstrong, first human to walk on the Moon, was born August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Earth. Pictured here on April 22, 1969 training for the Apollo 11 mission on a simulated Moon at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

TODAY IN HISTORY – On August 5, 1971, the Apollo 15 command module was heading back to Earth when it came time for a little chore. Astronaut Al Worden, command module pilot, went on a spacewalk outside the craft in order to retrieve film from the Scientific Instrument Module (SIM) bay, which couldn’t be accessed from inside the ship. This was the first-ever EVA in deep space. (NASA)

Planet Jupiter, August 5, 1999, observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Happy birthday to the late, great Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon and all-round space pioneer. He was August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Earth.

Planet Jupiter, August 5, 1999, observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.