Topic: Saturn SLA panels: trajectory after separation?
Space Cadet Carl Member
Posts: 77 From: Lake Orion, Michigan Registered: Feb 2006
posted 10-03-2011 12:47 PM
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?
Posts: 213 From: Streamwood, IL USA Registered: Feb 2012
posted 10-24-2013 07:46 PM
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?