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Space Cadet Carl
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posted 10-03-2011 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Cadet Carl   Click Here to Email Space Cadet Carl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We already know that the Saturn V S-IVB's from Apollo 8 through 17 were either sent into heliocentric orbit or were sent crashing into the Moon.

But what became of the four spacecraft-LM adapter (SLA) panels that protected the lunar module? Were they always on a free return trajectory around the back side of the Moon to eventually burn up the Earth's atmosphere?

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posted 10-24-2013 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone here know if any of the SLA panels connecting the Apollo CSM to the S-IVB from any Apollo lunar mission impacted on the moon?

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