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Launch Windows for Lunar Landing (1967)

Hardin-Simmons University Library

Sound | 1967

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  •  Explanation of proposed lunar-landing mission 
  •  How to determine the daily window 
  •  Earth-Moon geometry 
  •  How to determine the monthly window 
  •  Another review of Earth-Moon geometry 
  •  The primary constraint in calculating launch windows: sunlight 
  •  Launch windows throughout the year 
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Bookended with baroque, classical music and given a stylistic flourish with simple animations set to elaborate backgrounds, this government film explains how NASA picks launch days. So brush up on your “Earth-Moon geometry” and learn how azimuths, apogees, trajectories, and spacecraft engineering come together in deciding when a launch will deliver an Apollo spacecraft to a specific spot on the Moon, and back again.