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Gene Kranz’s Apollo 11 Flight Book

17 Nov

Extremely important Apollo 11 console-used manuals, graphs, and procedures utilized by Flight Director Gene Kranz while at his console in Mission Control throughout the landmark mission, as (according to Kranz), “a primary resource for coordinating that mission and associated activities both during the flight or while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the lunar surface.” First is a 3.25″ thick three-ring binder with an LM-5 decal affixed to the front cover and a label along the binding which reads, “Flight Book, Apollo 11. G. F. Kranz.” Manual is separated by 16 labeled tabs for various portions of the mission or spacecraft. Included in the manual are copies of various memos, charts, graphs, and other related material, many notated by Kranz. Included in the binder are: complete Apollo Mission Techniques Mission G Lunar Descent techniques description manual; LM Undocking Procedures; a copy of a memo sent on June 6, 1969, by Kranz to 11 recipients, including Neil Armstrong and Charlie Duke, notated by Kranz; a copy of the revised Apollo 11 mission control shift schedule; charts of Go-No Go criteria for the Command and Lunar Modules; and various charts and graphs relating to abort data. Of particular interest is a handwritten “Abort Checklist,” listing six steps, which include: “4. CSM Rescue Status & Advisory 5. Abort Problem—Further effect.” Lower portion is headed, “Cutoff,” listing six steps which include: “1. Safe Orbit…3. Rdz Duration—3 1/2 / 5 1/2 / other 4. Status check-all 5. Consummables vs Rdz Duration.” Also included in the binder is an incredibly detailed flow chart titled, “Abort Sequence Logic,” hand-drawn in pencil by Kranz.

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