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Ronpur
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posted 10-26-2013 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by J.L:
This might help. The "white room" for Skylab appears to have been number 6A.
6A must be the renumbered sequence of the arms.

And thanks for that picture... never seen it before!!

LM-12
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posted 10-27-2013 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For Skylab 1, the Mobile Service Structure (MSS) was only on Pad A for the CDDT. This from the press kit:

Movement of the Mobile Service Structure, normally associated with a Saturn V operation, will not take place during the SL-1 launch. The MSS was used to inspect the second stage insulation of the Saturn V during the CDDT and then moved from Pad A to Pad B to support the SL-2 launch. It is to be returned to Pad A only if a "scrub" is called after cryogenic loading of the Saturn V begins and another inspection of the second stage insulation panels is necessary. The MSS will be moved from Pad B to its park site - in a nominal launch sequence - after the T-20 hour mark in the SL-2 countdown.

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posted 11-21-2013 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photo 72-H-1508 shows decals and other Apollo 17 mission-related items attached to the tail service mast on the Mobile Launcher. The tail service mast for Skylab 1 also had a mission-related display.

Was this done for any other Apollo missions?

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posted 11-24-2013 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photo KSC-76C-2388 shows a section of ML-3 being transported to pad 39A in 1976 to build the Fixed Service Structure. ML-2, with swing arms removed, is parked outside the VAB. ML-1 can be seen in High Bay 1 behind the VAB doors.

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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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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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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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