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LM-12
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posted 05-18-2015 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Grumman lunar modules had a LM spacecraft identification plate located in the ascent stage on the midstep across from the forward hatch. Three identical plates were stowed onboard and given to crewmembers after the mission. Here is a list of the manned LM identification plate numbers I have found:
  • LM-3 / part LDW280-53000-1 / serial 033 / "FIRST FLIGHT"
  • LM-4 / part LDW280-54000-1 / serial 001 / "1st LUNAR LM"
  • LM-5 / part LDW280-54000-9 / serial 001 / "LUNAR LANDER"
  • LM-6 / part LDW280-54000-23 / serial 001 / "1st LUNAR EXPLORATION"
  • LM-7 / part LDW280-54000-5 / serial 001 / "AQUARIUS-ODYSSEY"
  • LM-8 / ?
  • LM-10 / part LDW280-60001-1 / serial 001 / "FALCON-ENDEAVOUR"
  • LM-11 / part LDW280-60001-3 / serial 001 / "ORION-CASPER"
  • LM-12 / part LDW280-60001-5 / serial 001 / "AMERICA-CHALLENGER"
The LM-7 plate, like the plaque on the LM ladder, has Ken Mattingly's name on it. Anyone know the numbers for LM-8 on Apollo 14?

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posted 05-20-2015 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LM-8 was LDW280-54000-19 (ref LDW280-54000 drawing).

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posted 05-20-2015 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that addition.

Notice that it is the LM-6 ID plate (Apollo 12) that has the "first lunar exploration" description.

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posted 05-20-2015 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I took these two photos of the LM-4 ID plate at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY.

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posted 05-20-2015 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ID plates permanently affixed to the LM weren't coming back, so I wonder if they also had the crew names on them. Or maybe just the Grumman numbers.

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posted 05-21-2015 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 15 LM-10 identification plate affixed to the ascent stage can be seen in this pre-flight photo. It is very hard to read, but I see four words on the plate. Looks like "FINAL (something) ASCENT STAGE" to me.

"FINAL ASSEMBLED ASCENT STAGE" perhaps?

That would suggest there is an ID plate on the descent stage as well.

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posted 05-21-2015 05:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It says "Final Assembly Ascent Stage," which is the name of that LDW280-54000 drawing.

(Of course "final" in this sense means top level assembly, or last in the sequence of assembling the Ascent Stage.)

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posted 07-01-2015 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 11 photo KSC-69PC-0295 seems to show the location of what looks like the CM spacecraft identification plate at top left. I see "North American Aviation Inc" on the plate.

But I don't see a similar plate in other CM photos. So maybe the plate is attached to something else. Is that some sort of protective cover around the hatch opening?

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posted 07-02-2015 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 11 CM-107 is part number V36-000002-111 on the CM spacecraft ID plate.

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posted 07-02-2015 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bklyn55   Click Here to Email bklyn55     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stupid question, but how did they know exact launch and splashdown dates to engrave on the nameplates?

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posted 07-02-2015 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not at all. The dates were added after the flights.

The Apollo 13 CM plate includes Swigert's name and the correct launch date. The Apollo 13 LM plate includes Mattingly's name and the correct launch and splashdown dates.

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posted 07-02-2015 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bklyn55   Click Here to Email bklyn55     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume you mean the "souvenir" plates were engraved after the mission. Does that mean the "real" plates attached during construction did not have dates?

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posted 07-03-2015 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ID plate in the Apollo 15 LM mentioned earlier did not have the crew names on it. I doubt if it had any dates on it either.

The CM ID plates that the crews received are brass and do not look at all like the NAA plate seen in KSC-69PC-0295.

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posted 07-03-2015 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LM-12:
Is that some sort of protective cover around the hatch opening?
Yes, that is a protective guard around the hatchway protecting the rubber seal and hatchway surface.

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