Denault Space Program Papers, 1969-1977  PDF

Overview of the Collection

David Guy Denault
Denault Space Program Papers
1969-1977 (inclusive)
19 l.f.
Collection Number
MG111 (collection)
Official National Aeronautics and Space Agency publications and photographs, and other memorabilia of the U.S. space program collected by National Public Radio reporter David Denault.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 208-885-0845
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The material in this collection is contained in 33 file boxes which occupy approximately 19 linear feet of shelf space. It was donated to the University of Idaho Library by David Denault, a former reporter for National Public Radio, who covered the launches of Apollo 7 to 17, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Skylab, and several of the planetary exploration missions including Mariner 9 (Mars), Pioneer 10 (Jupiter), Viking 1 & 2 (Mars), and Voyager (Jupiter and Saturn).

The material includes news releases, NASA press kits and flight plans, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs, color transparencies, several short films, phonograph records, tape recordings, and transcripts of news conferences, press briefings, and mission control conversations with the astronauts. Also included are informational materials, including photographs, given to reporters by the companies which developed equipment used in connection with the various projects.

The contents of this archival group are related in more detail in the following Description of Series.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. General Information Return to Top

This series contains the material relating to the space program in general as well as all numbered issues of NASA News. Two special topics, "Benefits from Space" and "Earth Resources Technology Satellite" are also included.

Listed below are the folder headings and the material included within the folders.

Container(s) Description Dates
Apollo 11 time line, crew profile
June 2, 1969
Apollo flight plan changes
June 13, 1969
Background Information: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/ Apollo program
Apollo 11 television
June 2, 1969
Apollo 11 goodwill messages
June 27, 1969
Apollo 11 flags
July 3, 1969
Apollo 11 goodwill messages
July 13, 1969
Lunar globe available
July 14, 1969
U.S., foreign flags on Apollo 11
Apollo pictures available
July 23, 1969
Space TV advances
July 15, 1969
Mariners aiming for Mars
AAP orbital workshop
July 22, 1969
ERRDF at Houston
July 27, 1969
Apollo 13, 14 crews
August 6, 1969
Moon surface samples distributed
Sept. 12, 1969
Apollo 12 quarantine procedures
Oct. 31, 1969
Apollo 12 aiming point change
Ground observation of Apollo 12
IMP teams with Apollo 12
Nov. 13, 1969
Fra Mauro Apollo 13 site
Dec. 10, 1969
Apollo 14 landing site selected
May 7, 1970
Astronaut pre-launch isolation asked
May 30, 1970
Skylab simulator contract
June 5, 1970
Apollo 14 rescheduled to January 1971
June 30, 1970
First moon landing anniversary
July 17, 1970
Apollo 14 small lunar explosions
Sept. 20, 1970
Skylab space food technology
Oct. 1, 1970
Low congratulates Soviet Union
Sept. 24, 1970
Apollo crew health program
Sept. 30, 1970
Apollo 14 preliminary time line
Oct. 7, 1970
US-Soviet meeting
Oct. 12, 1970
Research and technology office reorganized
Oct. 27, 1970
Modular space station studies
Nov. 12, 1970
Lunar water process
Nov. 20, 1970
Apollo 14 Saturn modified
Dec. 4, 1970
US-Soviet agreement
Dec. 9, 1970
Earth Resources survey workshop
Dec. 23, 1970
Apollo recovery procedure revised
Dec. 31, 1970
US-USSR space research discussions
Apollo 14 launch
Jan. 31, 1971
US-USSR space meeting
Jan. 21, 1971
US-USSR editorial board
Feb. 1, 1971
Apollo 16 crew selected
March 3, 1971
Primitive life on Mars?
March 23, 1971
US-Soviet agreement
March 31, 1971
Apollo 15 time line
April 23, 1971
Mariner Venus Mercury '73
April 29, 1971
Mariner status
May 20, 1971
Apollo 16 site selection
June 17, 1971
Corn blight watch experiment
June 18, 1971
Record number of requests for NASA data
June 23, 1971
Apollo 15 launch July 26
July 15, 1971
Space shuttle studies extended
Space technology drives wheelchair
July 7, 1971
Change in Apollo 15 suit procedure
Life scientist research program
Viking contractor
Scientists to have new look at Mars
Breathing oxygen reclaimed from water vapor
August 19, 1971
Mariner 9 status report and science review
Sept. 16, 1971
Shipment of Skylab trainers
Mariner - 37 days from Mars
Oct. 7, 1971
NASA to survey earth's resources
Oct. 20, 1971
US/USSR space meeting ends
Skylab astronauts training
Oct. 20, 1971
Space shuttle experts to visit European industries
US/USSR space agreement
Apollo 16 preliminary timeline
Mariner 9 on precise course to Mars
Oct. 21, 1971
NASA computer program aids automotive industry
Nov. 4, 1971
Mars mapping
Nov. 4, 1971
NASA seeks suggestions for using space technology
Nov. 16, 1971
Apollo 16 to carry West German experiment
Gilruth group to visit Moscow
Nov. 19, 1971
NASA message to Moscow
Dec. 3, 1971
NASA-European meeting
Dec. 6, 1971
NASA-Soviet Academy of Sciences communique
Dec. 7, 1971
Apollo 16 cosmic ray detector
Dec. 19, 1971
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Schedule for 1972
US Mars message to USSR
Dec. 29, 1971
Space shuttle information
Jan. 6, 1972
Apollo 16 rescheduled
Jan. 7, 1972
Earth resources review at MSC
Jan. 11, 1972
Revised Apollo 16 preliminary timeline
Skylab flight crews named
Jan. 19, 1972
Sjoberg appointment
Jan. 18, 1972
Airborne expedition to study clouds
Jan. 19, 1972
Space-developed smog detector
Jan. 27, 1972
Saturn V anniversary
Jan. 25, 1972
Intelsat on station over Pacific
Jan. 25, 1972
Fra Mauro samples provided to Soviet Academy
Jan. 26, 1972
Clear air turbulence research
Feb. 2, 1972
Vision tester
Feb. 1, 1972
NASA technology checks tire safety
Feb. 8, 1972
Pioneer F Mission to Jupiter
Feb. 20, 1972
Subsatellite data problem
Feb. 10, 1972
Archaeological techniques applied to lunar program
Feb. 16, 1972
Pioneer F Plaque
Apollo 17 site selection
Feb. 16, 1972
Scientists chosen to help plan Venus missions
Ground observers to aid Skylab solar studies
Feb. 25, 1972
NASA computer program aids American designers
Feb. 27, 1972
NASA proposes Jupiter-Saturn Mission
Feb. 24, 1972
Space techniques help surgeons
March 8, 1972
Mariner 9 success
March 8, 1972
Pioneer 10 on Jupiter trajectory
March 8, 1972
Test hospital room to aid paralyzed patients
March 10, 1972
NASA exhibit features space research benefits
March 20, 1972
Remote measurements of pollution
March 14, 1972
Space shuttle decisions
March 15, 1972
Apollo 16 launch April 16
April 6, 1972
Mariner 9 resumes observations of Mars
March 24, 1972
Pioneer 10 completes midcourse maneuver
March 24, 1972
USSR/NASA meeting in Houston
March 24, 1972
ATS aids in Alaskan emergencies
April 5, 1972
NASA reps to Moscow for Lunar sample
April 7, 1972
US/USSR reports on docking
April 24, 1972
Water on Mare might not support life
May 2, 1972
Large space telescope planned for 1980's
Relativity theory test
May 23, 1972
Nuclear system for converting wastes to water
Pioneer 10 crosses orbit of Mars
May 29, 1972
Von Braun to retire from NASA
May 26, 1972
NASA believes subsatellite crashed into moon
May 30, 1972
Major Skylab test completed
May 31, 1972
Viking parachute test scheduled
June 8, 1972
Scientists report evidence of lunar crust, mantle, and core
Mariner 9 to resume photographing Mars
NASA technology benefits respiratory medicine
10 years of trans-ocean TV
July 4, 1972
Apollo-Soyuz test project meeting
Mariner 9 completes mapping entire Mars surface
Student experiments selected for Skylab
Apollo 17 crew named
Shuttle contractor selection
NASA technology as an aid to cities
US-USSR space biology report
Bathroom commode design for space shuttle passengers
Aug. 16, 1972
Apollo 17 preliminary timeline
Aug. 22, 1972
Laser communication experiment
Petrone to head ASTP
Life scientists research program for 1972
NASA and scientists agree on planetary exploration
Device permits 10 new experiments on Skylab
Moscow meeting on joint space mission
Oct. 5, 1972
Apollo 17 night photos
Oct. 25, 1972
Remote health care test site to be selected
Apollo/Soyuz meeting
Nov. 3, 1972
Life in outer space is symposium topic
Nov. 9, 1972
Apollo 17 launch
Dec. , 1972
NASA and EPA doing pollution research
Apollo 17 lunar samples to be displayed throughout world
Nov. 20, 1972
Air sampling instruments to be flight tested
Ten years of planetary exploration
Highlights of 1972 activities
Canadian scientists identify water molecules in Kohoutek's tail
Jan. 18, 1973
Explorer I launched 15 years ago
Jan. 31, 1973
US crew for Apollo-Soyuz mission
First Apollo 17 rock samples allocated to investigators
Jan. 31, 1973
US/USSR planetary exploration working group
Feb. 5, 1973
Pioneer 10 safely through asteroid belt
Studies for highly maneuverable aircraft
March 1, 1973
Space technology used in new life raft
Saturn rings appear to be rocks
March 5, 1973
US, Soviets to exchange new data on Mars and Venus
March 5, 1973
Pioneer G readied for launch to Jupiter
April 1, 1973
NASA adopts new approach to lunar studies
New device provides self-help for paralysis victims, amputees
March 22, 1973
First radar 'pictures' of lunar surface
Skylab launch date set
April 4, 1973
Analyzer has spin-off potential
April 12, 1973
Skylab 1 and 2 preliminary timeline
April 18, 1973
Skylab aims at being useful
Skylab crew isolation begins
April 24, 1973
The Steeker-Puget theory of galaxy formation
Skylab crews briefed on photographs of major earth events
May 3, 1973
Skylab to be visible
May 2, 1973
Space act signed 15 years ago
July 29, 1973
NASA board reports on Skylab meteoroid shield failure
July 19, 1973
Skylab spider web experiment
NASA announces experiments for ASTP mission
NASA 15th anniversary statements
Europe to build spacelab for US reusable space shuttle
NASA biologists discover rare earth organism
ASTP crew to visit Soviet Union
Nov. 15, 1973
Special Skylab camera to photograph comet Kohoutek
Skylab 4 astronauts to observe barium cloud
Camera settings, sighting information for photographing Kohoutek
NASA scientists study acid clouds of Venus
Space technology helps prevent oil spills
NASA scientists uncover earth-like molecules from Space
Jan. 24, 1974
Life possibilities featured in new Mars film
ASTP mission emblem selected
March 4, 1974
Processing vaccines in space
Fire escape device developed by NASA
Use of satellite in flood monitoring
NASA research may lead to safer auto brakes, plane tires
Satellite to relay TV from Apollo Soyuz
NASA sensors aid in cerebral palsy research
747 selected for space shuttle orbiter ferry flights
Down to earth space benefits result from moon missions
New ERTS investigations selected
July 12, 1974
ERTS satellite used in management of water resources
Venus holds clues to earth's weather
Astronaut Gibson announces resignation
Aug. 21, 1974
Pioneer findings paint new picture of Jupiter
Apollo Soyuz crews to observe, photograph earth features
Sept. 9, 1974
Apollo Soyuz crews to produce own "solar eclipse"
Soyuz crews in US--NASA engineers to visit Moscow
Satellite helps protect Florida Everglades
Initial space shuttle flights to land in California
Oct. 18, 1974
Correspondents should make Apollo/Soyuz reservations
Scientists uncover clue to Io's glitter
Scherer named KSC director
NASA to study ocean features from spacecraft
NASA future programs
All eight Saturn IB fins to be replaced
Crystals to be grown in space during ASTP mission
Requirements may ease for shuttle non-pilot crew members
March 24, 1975
ASTP experiment to probe ultraviolet radiation sources
Multipurpose furnace to be used for ASTP experiments
Final ASTP crew training in USSR
April 11, 1975
ASTP to study earth mass density concentrations
Three Apollo Soyuz science demonstrations planned
ASTP experiment planned on ultraviolet absorption
Language to pose no barrier in Apollo-Soyuz flight
Baltimore student is Viking contest winner
Voice controlled wheelchair exhibited
April 30, 1975
Apollo Soyuz experiment seeks improved optical fibers
June 9, 1975
Is moon an ancient piece of earth?
Carbon monoxide found on Jupiter for first time
NASA features woman commentator for shuttle flights
April 25, 1977
NASA Publications
Annual Budget Briefing. Transcript of the NASA budget briefing
January 28, 1971
Biographical Data. Astronaut biographies, August 1971. John F. Kennedy Space Center. 1967. 3 p.
JPL Profile. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. July 1977. 16 p. Mimeographed sheets: "NASA manned space flights" and "Apollo program flight summary."
NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. US Government Printing Office
1971. 12 p
NASA Space Sheet (NASA 10th anniversary issue)
October 1, 1968
New Horizons. 40 p.
News Release: "First Redstone launched 20 years ago"
August 17, 1973
Roundup. NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
March 2, 1973
Spaceport News. November 1, 1974 (The Debus Years)
July 9, 1976
Speech: Typescript of speech given by an unidentified NASA official
Other Publications
3rd Century America: Bicentennial exposition on science and technology. A newsletter issued by the Kennedy Space Center Bicentennial News Center. 19 scattered issues
June 4-July 19, 1976
Air Force Eastern Test Range. Prepared by the Office of Information, Headquarters, Air Force Eastern Test Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. 36 p.
Bendix Corporation. "Electronic lunar lifeline." (large poster)
Boeing Company. You and Space. 15 p.
March 1972
DOD Support of Manned Space Flight Programs. US Department of Defense. 74 p.
"First steps into space." Paper delivered at the AIAA 7th annual meeting by Col. John A. MacReady and Sally MacReady Liston
October 1970
RCA. Man and Space. 37 p.
RCA. Man and S-Dace. 45 p.
Reinert, Jeanne: "5 unexpected new discoveries about the moon." Science Digest, pp. 9-14
November 1970
Space Task Group Report. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
TRW Space Log. (Special 15 years in space: 1957-1972)
Spring-Summer 1968; Winter 1968-1969; 1973
4 newspaper articles on the space program
Denault, Dave. "About Space." 18 articles published in the Deerfield Beach Observer
1969 to 1972
Denault, Dave. "Wildlife and rocketry co-exist." Deerfield Beach Observer
July 3, 1969
2 photographs of the Bendix Slide Wire Egress System for emergency escape from the Apollo spacecraft prior to launch.3 multiple view photographs of various aspects of the space program printed for the 15th anniversary of NASA.1 photograph of the Titan Centaur lift off, February 11, 1974.1 view of the giant transporter used for transporting rockets.1 sketch map of the Cape Kennedy area.1 map of the moon showing the Apollo landing sites.
Audio Visual Material
Spaceport 1968
Tape recordings
1: Alan Shepard Press Conference
May 9, 1969
2: Flight of Freedom 7; Highlights of the flights of Shepard and Grissom
3: Pre-launch, launch, and post-launch, flight of John Glen
Feb. 20, 1962
4: NASA Program 600. R. Larson-Experiments
606: C. Craft-Long range implications
120: C. Craft-Comments & Shuttle
"The Space Story." (4 weekly programs, 4 min. 30 sec. each, on each record)
631: "Viking science team" with Dr. Noel Hinners
632: "Viking-Mars landing sites" with Harold Masursky
633: "Viking entry science" with Dr. Michael McElroy
634: "Viking-Mars surface pictures" with Dr. Thomas Mutch
635: "Apollo-Soyuz: post flight report" with Astronaut Tom Stafford
636: "Apollo-Soyuz: post flight report" with Astronaut Deke Slayton
637: "Apollo-Soyuz: post flight report" with Astronaut Vance Brand
638: "Apollo-Soyuz: post flight report" with Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov
639: "Apollo-Soyuz: post flight report" with Cosmonaut Valeri Kubasov
640: "1975 air and space review" with Dr. James C. Fletcher
641: "Flat cable conductors" with James Hankins
642: "Aircraft fuel reduction" with James Kramer
647: "Viking seismic experiment" with Dr. Gary Latham
648: "Viking biology search" with Dr. Gilbert Levin
649: "Langely 'Tech' house" with John Samos
650: "Martian life search: Viking" with Dr. Norman Horowitz
651: "Truck aerodynamic research" with Lou Steers
652: "Viking water vapor mapping" with Dr. C.B. Farmer
653: "Women testing for spacelab" with Carolyn Griner
654: "Viking radio science" with Robert Tolson
655: "Shuttle approach and landing tests" with Astronaut Deke Slayton
656: "Viking-Mars organic analysis" with John Oro
657: "Meal systems for the elderly" with Gary Primeaux
678: "Space age fire watch" with Dr. Henry Lunn
679: "The Space Shuttle" with William Green
680: "Project Fires" with Aubrey Smith
681: "Space manufacturing" with Prof. Gerard O'Neill
698: "(NSTL) The National Space Technology Laboratories" with Roy Estess
699: "Our atmosphere" with Dr. Siegfried Bauer
700: "Satellite medical link" with Bobby Hegwood
701: "Base-line medical data for women astronauts" with Dr. Sam Pool
702: "Solar physics" with Dr. John Brandt
703: "Equal opportunity program" with Dr. Harriet Jenkins
704: "Space shuttle crew training" with George Abbey
705: "HEAO and the mysteries of space" with Richard Wildon of TRW
714: "GOES-B/NOAA" with Larry Heacook
715: "The Tech House" with John Samos
716: "HEAO-A3" with Dr. Herbert Gursky
717: "JPL" with Dr. Bruce Murray
NASA Special Reports
(1 program, 14 min. 30 sec., on each record)
127: "Apollo Soyuz crew report" featuring post-flight comments by Astronauts Stafford, Brand, Slayton; Cosmonauts Leonov, Kubasov
128: "1975 air and space review" featuring Dr. James C. Fletcher
130: "Images from Viking: a picture preview of Mars" featuring Harold Masursky and Dr. Thomas Mutch
131: "A biologists viewpoint: the search for life on Mars by Viking" featuring Dr. Lynn Margulis
132: "Viking ... Mars ... and planetary atmospheres" with Dr. Michael McElroy
133: "Viking biology: the search for life elsewhere" with Dr. Harold P. Klein
137: "The space telescope" with Dr. George B. Field
138: "Space colonization" with Gerard O'Neill & Dr. Richard Johnson
139: "(SETI) the search for extraterrestrial intelligence" with Dr. John Billingham
143: "Lunar samples and what they tell us" with Dr. Michael Duke
144: "HEAO - high Energy Astronomy Observatory" with Richard E. Halpern
147: "JPL, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory" with Dr. Bruce Murray
Earth Resources Technology Satellite
Article: Jaffe, Leonard and Robert A. Summers. "The earth resources survey program jells." Astronautics and Aeronautics
pp. 24-40.
April 1971
Pamphlets: "Zero Population Growth" and "Does the population bomb threaten his future"
Benefits from Space
AIAA Student Journal
"Space Technology to Benefit Man."
Feb. 1972
General Electric Corporation. 4 publications
International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. 3 publications
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. 1 publication
NASA special news releases
2 items
North American Rockwell, Space Division. 2 publications
1: Elderly woman with rechargeable heart pacemaker
2: 4 year old child with rechargeable heart pacemaker
3: New rechargeable heart pacemaker
4: Space suit for immune deficiency patients
5: Emergency fire escape device

Series II. Apollo Lunar Landing Program Return to Top

As its name indicates, the object of this program was to land astronauts on the moon. This series begins with the first manned flight, Apollo 7, and contains information on all subsequent flights. The later Apollo-Soyaz flight is also included in this series.

Information on the flights includes flight plans, special news releases, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, information supplied by contractors on equipment used in the spacecraft or as part of the equipment used by the astronauts, photographs supplied by NASA and also by the contractors, and reel to reel tape recordings, some official NASA tapes, others recorded by Dave Denault.

Listed below is a brief description of the material relating to each flight. The card file contains more detailed information of the printed material as well as a complete description of all photographs and a list of official NASA tapes.

Description Dates
Apollo 7
The crew of the first manned Apollo flight consisted of Walter H. Schirra, Don Eisele, and Walter Cunningham. Its chief purpose was to test the Apollo spacecraft and support elements.
October 11-22, 1968
General Information
The material in this category includes a 50 page booklet entitled "Department of Defense Support," a poster from North American Rockwell showing various phases of the flight and also an Apollo mileage and speed converter, a press information kit put out by the Atlantic Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force, information on launch complex 34, and several publications from the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service. Among the NASA publications are the 80 page Apollo 7 Press Kit, mission commentary from T -2 hours to T -5 minutes, and the post launch press conference.
Supplier Information
The following contractors are represented: AT&T, Avco Space Systems Division (Apollo heat shield), ILC Industries (space suits), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Owens-Corning-Fiberglass, RCA, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Sperry Rand.
The only NASA photograph is a color print of the crew of Apollo 7. Contractors who supplied photographs of equipment include Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Avco Space Systems Division, Dow Chemical Company, MIT, RCA, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Sperry Rand Corporation.
Tape Recordings
There are three 7" reels, Department of Defense support for Apollo 7, Von Braun's press conference of October 10, 1968, and the pre-launch news conference, also October 10, 1968.
Apollo 8
The crew for this flight was comprised of Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr., and William Anders. This was the first manned voyage around the moon.
December 21-27, 1968
General Information
This folder contains the flight plan, the NASA press kit and a transcript of Frank Borman's press conference, July 12, 1969, in which he discusses his trip to Russia.
Supplier Information
The only item in this folder is an article from North American Rockwell Corporation entitled "Tests confirm astronauts verdict that Apollo 8 was 'Magnificent Bird.'"
There are only two photographs, a picture of the crew and a view of earth taken while the spacecraft was in lunar orbit.
Tape Recordings
The only tape relating to this mission is NASA Special. Report #50, "Apollo 8 Mission."
Apollo 9
Crew members for this flight were James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweikart. One of the highlights of this mission was the first docking of the Command Module, Gumdrop, with the Lunar Module, Spider.
March 3-13, 1969
General Information
This folder includes the booklet "DOD Support - Apollo 9", the Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force, Atlantic, Press Kit for Apollo 9, NASA status reports, the list of distinguished guests viewing the launch, the NASA press kit, and transcripts of several news conferences. There are also many "Change of Shift" briefings.
Supplier Information
There are informational handouts from General Precisions Systems, inc., Grumman (Grumman/NASA Lunar Module), Hamilton Standard, Marquart Corp., North American Rockwell, Space Associates, TRW, and Westinghouse.
There is one photograph of the crew of Apollo 9. Other photographs are those supplied by the various contractors, including General Precision, Hamilton Standard, Marquart Corp., North American Rockwell, TRW and Westinghouse.
Tape Recordings
The tapes include 2 NASA tapes on the astronauts and the mission, the center director's briefing, a pre-launch and post-launch conference, and one made during parts of the flight.
Apollo 10
Thomas P. Stafford, Eugene A. Cernan, and John W. Young were the crew members on this mission. The major achievement was the lunar module's descent to within nine miles of the moon.
May 18-26, 1969
General Information
Included are the NASA press kit and final flight plan, a list of all news media members registered, and two post recovery press conferences.
Supplier Information
Included are Bendix Corporation publications "World's largest gas station" and "Space flight network", and publications by Boeing and Honeywell.
There is the NASA photograph of the crew and photographs of equipment supplied by the Bendix Corporation, General Precision Systems, and Sperry Rand.
Tape Recordings
There are several NASA tapes dealing with the flight of Apollo 10, tapes recorded during the flight, and a recording of the post flight conference.
Apollo 11
The crew members for this historic mission, the first landing of men on the lunar surface, were Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins. Aldrin and Armstrong collected 48.5 pounds of lunar samples.
July 16-24, 1969
General Information
There are several NASA special releases dealing with this mission as well as other government publications including a 46 page booklet entitled, "'In this decade' ... Mission to the moon", biographical data on the crew members, the mission report, press kit, and flight plan.
Included are transcripts of the center director's briefing and crew briefing (July 14, 1969), the post launch briefing and press conference, and several change of shift briefings.
Mission Commentary
There are transcripts of the conversations between Mission Control, Houston, and the astronauts throughout the entire voyage.
Supplier Information
There is a great deal of information on flight instruments, the crawler transporter, and scientific experiments supplied by the Bendix Corporation. Other contractors for the mission include Boeing, Collins Radio Company, Dow Chemical Company, General Electric, General Precision Systems, Grumman Aerospace Corporation, McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, RCA, Ryan Aeronautical Company, TRW, and Western Union International.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
The Miami Herald published several special sections on July 13, 17, and 25, which dealt with the flight of Apollo 11. National magazines such as Look, Newsweek, and US News also had special articles.
Photographs include those of the crew, demonstrations of equipment, the lift-off, 5 photographs taken on the moon, and 7 of lunar material returned. Contractor photographs include those from Bendix, Collins Radio, Dow, General Electric, Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, RCA, Ryan, and Western Union International.
Tape Recordings
Included are five tapes in the NASA Special Report series, seven in the Space Story series, and tapes of the post-launch press conference, the postrecovery briefing, the Apollo 11 astronauts before a joint session of Congress and two tapes of the Apollo 11 five year dedication.
Fifth Anniversary Celebration
The material relating to this anniversary includes four NASA news releases, a press kit, the official program at the Kennedy Space Center, two issues of Spaceport News, and two photographs, one taken at launch complex 39, the other at the special service in Washington Cathedral, July 21, 1974.
July 16, 1974
Lunar Science Conference, Houston, Texas
The material reading to this conference includes transcripts of the Dedication of the Lunar Science Institute, the banquet at the Rice Hotel, seven press conferences, a panel discussion, the chemistry briefing, and the reports presented at the conference.
January 5-8, 1970
Apollo 12
The crew members for this mission were Charles Conrad, Jr., Richard F. Gordon, Jr., and Allan L. Bean. The crew returned to earth with pieces of the Surveyor 3 spacecraft which had landed on the moon in April 1967.
November 14-24, 1969
General Information
Among the many NASA publications in this category are special news releases, the press kit and flight plan, the lunar surface operations plan, lunar trajectory notes, and recovery requirements. There is also a lunar orbit chart for the mission.
Press Conferences and Briefings
Included are transcripts of conference with Alan Bean, the entire crew, a launch operations briefing, an experimenters briefing, a postlaunch briefing, and a post recovery briefing. There are also ten change of shift briefings and transcripts of mission commentary of Nov. 14, 19, and 24.
Newspaper Articles
Newspaper articles are from the Palm Beach Post (May 27, 1970), the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale News, both dated November 2, 1969. The newspaper Today published a special section on November 14, 1969.
Supplier Information
The following contractors supplied information of their equipment which was used during the Apollo 12 flight: Bendix Corporation, Boeing, Kollsman Instrument Corp., Philco-Ford, RCA, Ryan Aeronautical Co., and TRW.
Official NASA photographs include a photograph of the crew, pictures of the launch, including two of President Richard Nixon who attended the launch. There are also pictures of lunar samples returned, including a few in color. Supplier photographs include those from Bendix, Philco-Ford and RCA.
Tape Recordings
There are 20 tape recordings in this group, including eight in the NASA The Space Story series. Other tapes include press conferences, the touchdown on the moon, the splashdown, post-recovery conference and post-mission press conference.
Apollo 13
The crew for this flight were James A. Lovell, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr., and Fred W. Haise, Jr. The flight was aborted when the service module oxygen tank ruptured prior to lunar orbit.
April 11-17, 1970
General Information
Material includes the flight plan, lunar surface procedures, the ALSEP handbook for the crew, mission commentary of April 14 when the trouble began, and two post recovery press conferences. Also included is the report of the Apollo 13 review board.
Items in this folder include several articles written before the flight, and two written after. There are numerous items of wire press copy dealing with the problem of the ruptured oxygen tank.
Supplier Information
Information contained in this folder is from AC Electronics, Bendix, North American Rockwell, RCS, TRW, and Westinghouse. There is also a small newsprint magazine, Florida's Space Coast, which describes itself as "a publication devoted to the promotion and economic development of Brevard County, Florida."
Included with the photographs are several of the launch, eleven of the damaged service module, and fifteen of the recovery and post-recovery ceremonies. Contractor photographs include those from Bendix and four of cartoons taken from TRW publications.
Tape Recordings
There are 21 tapes dealing with the flight of Apollo 13.They include a NASA Special Report, five Space Story tapes, several press conferences, the countdown and launch, the splashdown, and the Apollo 13 review board.
Apollo 14
The crew members for this flight were Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Stuart A. Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell. This was the first manned landing on the Lunar highlands.
January 31 - Feb. 9, 1971
General Information
Material in this category includes NASA special press releases, flight plans, lunar surface procedure manuals, and the press kit. There are also transcripts of press conferences and briefings.
Supplier Information
Among the contractors supplying equipment for this flight were Bendix, Boeing, Grumman, Northrop, Teledyne-Ryan, TRW, and Western Union International who provided television coverage of the splashdown and recovery.
Newspaper Clippings
Florida's Space Coast had a special section on Apollo 14, as did the Miami Herald. Other articles are from the Sun Sentinel and Today. There are also several pieces of wire service copy.
There are 13 photographs taken of preflight training, including several of the Modular Equipment Transporter, eight photos of the launch and recovery, and 11 taken on the moon. This folder also includes 12 color transparencies of lunar activities and one of the recovery. Contractor photographs include those from Bendix, Grumman, and Teledyne Ryan.
Tape Recordings
There are 15 tapes, including nine in the NASA series "The Space Story".
Apollo 15
Astronauts on the Apollo 15 flight were David R. Scott, Alfred M. Worden, and James Irwin. The Lunar roving vehicle was first used during this mission.
July 26 - August 7, 1971
General Information
This section includes the usual flight plans and press kits. In addition there is a booklet by Gene Simons entitled "On the Moon with Apollo 15", a list of the informal names attached to the surface features, transcripts of several briefings, three newspaper articles, and some hand written news reports used by Dave Denault.
Supplier Information
Literature from the following contractors is included: Bendix, Boeing, Delco Electronics, General Electric, Grumman, Itek Optical Systems, Martin Marietta, North American Rockwell, and Western Union International.
There are 17 official NASA photographs, 10 of preflight activities and seven of lunar activities. In addition Bendix, Delco, Itek, and North American Rockwell supplied reporters with photographs of their contributions to the mission.
Tape Recordings
There are eight tapes in "The Space Story" series, a NASA Audio News Feature, and two NASA Special Reports. In addition there is a tape of the launch, the landing on the moon and the first EVA, and another entitled "Value of Lunar Exploration."
Apollo 16
The astronauts on this flight were John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly, and Charles M. Duke. This was the fifth manned exploration of the moon and the astronauts returned with 213 pounds of lunar samples.
April 16-27, 1972
General Information
The material included in this category includes flight data, a list of VIP's expected to watch the launch, NASA news special releases, Gene Simons's book "On the Moon with Apollo 16; a guidebook to the Descartes region", a list of contractors, transcripts of briefings and the NASA press kit and flight plan.
Supplier Information
This folder includes information supplied by Boeing, Grumman, Itek, Martin Marietta, RCA, and TRW.
Photographs of the landing site, several experiments and lunar activity a-re included. There are also two 16 mm films of lunar operations and a 70 mm film strip containing 37 views of lunar operations.
Tape Recordings
There are six tapes in "The Story of Space" series, a NASA Audio NewsFeature, the pre-mission briefing, the lift off and splash down, and two unidentified tapes.
Apollo 17
The last astronauts to fly to the moon were Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmidt. The brought 243 pounds of lunar samples back. This flight marked the end of the Apollo/Saturn project.
December 7-19, 1972
General Information
Included are biographies of the crew, several NASA news releases, a list of VIP's expected to watch the lift off, Gene Simons's book "On the Moon with Apollo 17: a guidebook to Taurus-Littrow", "The Song of the Astronaut" by Donald W. Satuffer and Jack Peters, a map of the Taurus Littrow area showing the Apollo 17 rover tracking chart, and the NASA press kit, final flight plan, and final lunar surface procedures.
Mission Commentary
Transcripts of Mission Control conversations with the astronauts is present for December 6, 7, 12, and 13.
Included are several change of shift briefings, press conferences, the mission director's briefing, science conference, and the pre-launch, post-launch, and post-recovery briefing.
Newspaper Clippings
The newspaper Today published special sections on December 6 and 7. There are also several issues of Spaceport News and Roundup.
Supplier Information
Barnes Engineering Company, Boeing, Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp., Grumman, and RCA are represented in this folder.
There are 11 black and white photographs of various parts of the mission as well as eight color transparencies taken on the lunar surface. Contractor photographs include those from Barnes, Fairchild Camera, and Grumman.
Tape Recordings
Included are recordings of several news conferences, the wake-up call on December 11 (Good Morning, America), comments of the astronauts from the lunar surface including comments on orange soil, the tributes to the aerospace industry and youth, and the final statement from the surface.
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Although this unique mission utilized the three-man Apollo spacecraft, it was not a part of the Apollo program, but a cooperative docking test project between the US and the Soviet Union. The three American astronauts were Thomas Stafford, Donald Slayton, and Vance Brand. They were joined in space by two Russian cosmonauts, Aleksey A. Leonov and Valeriy N. Kubasov. The successful docking of the two craft was the climax to several years of planning.
July 15-24, 1975
General Information
Among the pieces of information in this folder are the mission timeline, biographical data on the cosmonauts, the text of the cooperative agreement signed May 24, 1972, and several NASA news releases. Also included are press kits and flight plans, several issued in both English and Russian editions.
Press Conferences
Transcripts of press conferences from 1970 to 1975 are included in this folder. They include background briefings, experiment briefings and the pre-launch press conferences held in both the US and USSR.
Supplier Information
Only three companies are represented in the folder, Communications Satellite Corp., RCA, and Rockwell International.
There are five envelopes of pictures, the first contains photographs of the crews, the second has photographs of the joint meetings and training sessions, the third contains 15 photographs of the launches and recoveries, the fourth contains, photographs of the crews in space, and the fifth has photographs of drawings by Paul Calls done during the joint training sessions in Star City, USSR, in July 1974.
Tape Recordings
There are eight tapes, including a press conference with the cosmonauts, portions of "The Space Story" and Soviet and American launch sequences.

Series III. Other Programs Return to Top

Skylab was an orbiting space station designed to be used by different crews on successive missions. The space station was launched on May 14, 1973, and the first crew on May 25. ,They returned to earth on June 22 and the second crew was launched on July 28, returning on September 25. The third crew worked from November 16, 1973 to February 8, 1974.
Printed Material
This material includes the NASA press kits and flight plans for all three manned Skylab missions, the Department of Defense press kits, transcripts of press conferences, news releases, newspaper clippings, and wire service copy. Also of interest are publications on the experiments to be conducted, including a seven volume series in which the experiments are broken down by type, e.g. Physical Science, Life Science, Astronomy.
There are 23 photographs pertaining to the Apollo Applications Program and the Saturn I workshop, color transparencies of the Skylab space station, photographs of the astronauts at work in the station and some of splashdown and recovery operations.
One of the tasks of the Skylab 4 crew was the study of the comet Kohoutek. There are several publications about the comet as well as six photographs.
Tape Recordings
There are 12 tapes in "The Space Story" series, one in the NASA Special Reports series, and eleven of press conferences and briefings.
Space Shuttle
The space shuttle was in the early planning stages when this material was collected. 'The only items in the folder are several newspaper clippings about the possibility of a reuseable shuttle, pamphlets, two NASA fact sheets, and photographs of drawings depicting shuttle missions and uses.
Planetary Exploration
The four projects for which information is available in this archival group are Mariner, Pioneer, Viking, and Voyager. Each is described under its own heading.
The material on this project includes the NASA mission report on the Mariner 6 & 7 voyage to Mars, the press kit for the journey of Mariner 9 to Mars, an article by Roger Bourke and Joseph Beerer entitled "Mariner Mission to Venus and Mercury in 1973", and five photographs of Venus taken by Mariner in 1974.
The only items pertaining to Pioneer's voyage to Jupiter are a NASA release regarding press briefings and two photographs of Jupiter taken by the Pioneer spacecraft.
Material relating to the Viking landing on Mars includes an article on the project by James Martin, several NASA publications including the press kit for the encounter, photographs of the Viking lander, and a film entitled "Viking A: Spacecraft Preparations." The final item is a tape recording dealing with the project.
There are three NASA publications dealing with the journey of Voyager 1 & 2 to Jupiter and Saturn, the official press kit (115 p.), a 58 page booklet entitled "Voyager to Jupiter and Saturn" published in 1977, and one published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is 11 pages in length.

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Space flight -- History -- Sources
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Denault, David