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LM-12
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posted 03-08-2012 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA photo S65-65948 is an interesting post-flight image that shows the Gemini 7 and Gemini 6A spacecraft together in the same photo.

Another example is NASA photo KSC-69P-0204 which shows both the Apollo 11 CSM and Apollo 12 CSM in the same photo.

Have you come across any other Mercury, Gemini or Apollo images that show spacecraft from different missions in the same photo?

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posted 03-08-2012 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suppose that some of the "assembly line" photos at Bethpage would qualify, as they show several LMs in various stages of completion.

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posted 03-08-2012 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sure. I would like to see some of those. Here is another one:

NASA photo KSC-70PC-537 shows both the Apollo 14 LM and Apollo 15 LM in the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building in October 1970.

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posted 03-08-2012 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book "Building Moonships: The Grumman Lunar Module" has some great photos of the facility and LMs under construction. There are a couple of smaller versions of the photos at this site.

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posted 07-25-2013 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is S65-65948 in high-resolution.

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posted 07-27-2013 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LM-12:
NASA photo KSC-70PC-537 shows both the Apollo 14 LM and Apollo 15 LM in the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building in October 1970.
Is the Apollo 15 LM depicted in this photo LM-9, the LM that didn't fly? The flight LM for Apollo 15, LM-10, wasn't mated in the MSOB until February 1971, by which time Apollo 14 had already flown.

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posted 07-27-2013 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photos I have of the Apollo 15 LM show the ascent stage being delivered to KSC in June of 1970. I am pretty confident that the photo you are referring to shows LM-8 and LM-10.

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posted 07-28-2013 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Lunar Module Checkout History chart includes both LM-8 and LM-10. The Apollo 14 spacecraft with LM-8 was moved to the VAB on November 4, 1970. The LM-10 ascent stage was delivered to KSC on November 6, 1970. The LM-10 descent stage was delivered to KSC on November 16, 1970.

Based on the chart, that cannot be LM-8 and LM-10 in photo KSC-70PC-537.

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posted 07-28-2013 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the caption for KSC-70PC-537 in the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal:

The Apollo 14 Lunar Module (right) undergoes checkout with Apollo 15's LM-10 in the background. 16 October 1970. Scan by J.L. Pickering.

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posted 07-31-2013 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The engine skirt seen in the photo might be a clue. The descent stage engine skirt nozzle was extended 10 inches for the "J" mission flights. The LM on the overhead crane looks like it has an "H" mission engine skirt to me.

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posted 08-09-2013 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skylon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Posted on Retrospace on Facebook - the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft are probably mockups. What is really interesting is what looks to be an under construction (or at least another mockup) of the Skylab airlock.

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posted 12-08-2013 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original Apollo 15 "H" mission with LM-9 was cancelled on September 2, 1970. If the October 1970 photo date is correct, I figure the image shows LM-8 and LM-9. So I would agree with what ilbasso said earlier.

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posted 09-09-2014 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photo S69-15690 shows the Apollo 9 spacecraft and the Apollo 10 S-IC first stage in the VAB transfer aisle in December 1968. Apollo 9 was stacked in High Bay 3, and Apollo 10 in High Bay 2.

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posted 09-10-2014 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know of one photo you can take today. It's in the McDonnell prologue room in St. Louis. The prototypes of Mercury, Gemini and Skylab are together.

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posted 09-10-2014 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Harder to find are images of manned vehicles from different missions that may have crossed paths as they were prepared for flight. Or shortly after flight, like the 1965 Gemini photo.

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posted 09-10-2014 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I suppose this technically qualifies.

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posted 09-10-2014 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Museum photos would be the first examples that come to mind, but I was thinking more in terms of images like this showing the Apollo 17 spacecraft and the Skylab 2 first stage together in the same shot. Photo is dated August 23, 1972.

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posted 11-27-2014 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The S-IC stages seen in this Michoud assembly facility photo are identified in the Saturn Illustrated Chronology as S-IC-8, S-IC-4 and S-IC-6. The corresponding flights would be Apollo 13, Apollo 9 and Apollo 11.

The Apollo Image Gallery identifies the stages as S-IC-10, S-IC-11 and S-IC-9. Those corresponding flights would be Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 14.

I would say that the Apollo Image Gallery is correct.

(The fourth S-IC at the far end might be Apollo 17)


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posted 11-28-2014 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These three S-IVB stages at the Douglas test facility in Sacramento are identified as S-IVB-205, S-IVB-206 and S-IVB-207. So the corresponding flights would be Apollo 7, Skylab 2 and Skylab 3.

http://history.nasa.gov/MHR-5/Images/fig390.jpg

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