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LM-12
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posted 02-15-2014 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This 2003 article about the Shuttle Landing Facility has a photo of the original control tower built in 1987. It looks like that tower was built on one of the dismantled Apollo-era LUT sections.

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posted 03-09-2014 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A wide-angle view of the LUT section of ML-1 that is on display at the Kennedy Space Center. CSM-119 is at left.

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posted 04-09-2014 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Took this photo of "MLP 1" parked over near the VAB back in 1983.

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posted 07-15-2014 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ML-1 was dismantled in the latter half of 1983, as can be seen in this series of photos from the HAER FLA,5-TIVI.V,1- survey.

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posted 07-26-2014 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a Mobile Launcher on Pad 39A when Gemini 8 launched on March 16, 1966. ML-3 rolled out to 39A on March 4. There was an ML-3 water deluge test at the pad on March 17, 1966.

Was ML-2 still on Pad 39A when Skylab 2 launched?

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posted 08-14-2014 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Crawler Transporter 1 hauled SA-500F and Apollo 17 out to the pad. Crawler Transporter 2 hauled Apollo 14 and Skylab 1 out to the pad.

Can you add to the list?

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posted 12-17-2014 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a set of photos and diagrams of the crawler transporter from the Library of Congress.

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posted 07-21-2015 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This photo of the Pad 39 slide wire pad escape system is dated 1968. Not sure if it is Pad A or B. That is ML-3 on the pad.

When was ML-3 on the pad in 1968?

The first vehicle stacked on ML-3 was Apollo 10, and that stacking began in late November 1968. So was ML-3 rolled out (without a vehicle) to the pad earlier in 1968 when the photo was taken?

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Interesting photo of the slide wire escape system with an anthropomorphic dummy used in testing it. Since this is before Apollo 7 (which used Pad 34), we can assume this is an early version of the EES (Emergency Escape System) that evolved into using the nine-man 'cabs' that also used a wire system to ride down to ground level to a bunker and wait for the M113 tracked vehicle for rescue.

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posted 07-21-2015 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps the photo was taken in 1969 at Pad B after the Apollo 10 launch and before ML-3 was moved off the pad.

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posted 07-28-2015 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo Image Gallery caption for photo 69-H-154 dated 25 Jan 1969 indicates that the first manned run of the slide wire EES was with Apollo 9 on the pad.

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In this photo the ML does not have its service arm, only white pipes on side. The picture is dated before June 1968 (early mate to Apollo 10).

The ML 3 is transported to the pad 39A for validity testing 4 March 1966. The 17 is testing the water deluge system.

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posted 08-14-2015 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that. Does the 1968 photo show Pad A or B?

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posted 02-04-2016 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This has probably already been covered but can someone list which LUT was used for which launch? I think LUT-1 was used for Apollo 8 and 11 and the Skylabs missions and ASTP mission.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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Listed here:

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posted 02-04-2016 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's just what I was looking for. Thanks for the links.

So the ML record from the Apollo/Skylab era is:

  • ML-1 Apollo 4, Apollo 8, Apollo 11, Skylab's 2, 3, 4 and the ASTP
  • ML-2 Apollo 6, Apollo 9, Apollo 12, Apollo 14 and the unmanned Skylab 1
  • ML-3 Apollo 10, Apollo 13, Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17

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posted 03-21-2018 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pad 39A photo KSC-76P-541 from 1976 has this caption:
At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the shuttle service and access tower SSAT, left, is assembled at Launch Complex 39A from sections of launch umbilical tower 3. The lower 180 feet of the old ML-3 will be topped by the former uppermost section on which a hammerhead crane will be installed and the next lower section which houses the intact ML-3 elevator room and equipment. The SSAT will anchor and support a hinge column to the Payload Changeout Room PCR which will travel on a rail in a specified area to enclose the space shuttle's cargo bay on the pad for installation or removal of payloads. Mobile Launcher 2, center right, is on the pad to support the PCR during construction.
The missions launched on ML-2 can be seen on the side of the launch platform: Apollo 6, Apollo 9, Apollo 12, Apollo 14 and Skylab 1. There is an empty spot after Skylab 1. Were there plans at one point to use ML-2 for another launch? The backup OWS perhaps.


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