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LM-12
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posted 02-13-2013 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The external appearance of the Apollo 14 lunar module was slightly different than the external appearance of the Apollo 12 LM. On the descent stage, the gold kapton thermal insulation was arranged differently, and the "United States" logo was in a different location on Quad 1. The flag location stayed the same.

Did the external appearance of the Apollo 13 lunar module resemble the Apollo 12 LM or the Apollo 14 LM?

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posted 02-13-2013 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul Fjeld wrote up a visual comparison of each of the lunar modules. Of Apollo 13 (LM-7) he wrote:
Ascent & Descent Stages like Intrepid; gear like Antares. This Grumman picture shows the Descent Stage Quad 1 on the weight and balance rig. Note that the lighter kapton over the S-Band container was covered by a final 5 mil Kapton sheet. This and the LM-6 Quad 1 were identical.

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posted 02-14-2013 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Japanese website has a comparison of the colours for all flown LMs.

I don't know how accurate it is but it would be worth checking.

LM-12
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posted 02-14-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 12 LM and Apollo 13 LM do look the same in that LM colour chart. So the Apollo 14 LM flew the Apollo 13 mission, but the LM looked a bit different.

In the spacecraft timeline, the Apollo 14 LM ascent and descent stages were mated about 3 months before the Apollo 13 accident.

LM-12
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posted 01-13-2015 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a photo of the Apollo 13 LM-7 descent stage, according to the caption.

rlobinske
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posted 01-14-2015 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rlobinske     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space in Miniature LM issue has detailed color guides for each flight vehicle.

mooncollector
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posted 02-24-2015 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had an interest in a model of Aquarius and started researching this question. Paul Fjeld sent me a diagram several years ago in response to an e-mail, however he asked at the time that it be kept private and not posted or released anywhere. I have always honored that request because I appreciated so much that he would respond to a member of the public.

As his description states, the Ascent Stage and almost all of the Descent Stage was identical to Intrepid, except for the legs which lacked gold thermal coating below the outrigger and had only the black, like Antares. I had assumed something "in between" Intrepid and Antares and I was right, but I started out using an all-gold DS and Intrepid legs... the exact opposite.

That was a good 12 years ago. I STILL don't have the thing 100% complete LOL, I keep adding details every time I look at it!

I note on one of the posted pics that the legs look all-silver. That had some coverings that had not been put on yet, look at the pads. The diagram I have says they were "just like" Intrepid above the outrigger with gold insulation, an outside silver stripe/patch with gold tape holding it on, which extends down to the outrigger ass'y, then bare black below that.

Honestly it looks a little "busier" than other LMs for some reason externally. Not sure why. But it is accurate according to the best expert on these things and I am proud of that!

It's too bad we have no in-flight photo of that LM to guide us. That was a special vehicle. When I get it done it will display as it would have looked sitting at Fra Mauro with Cone Crater in the background... the way it deserved to be.

LM-12
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posted 02-26-2015 01:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 13 ascent stage and the Spacecraft/LM Adapter (SLA) can be seen in photo 69-HC-1260 taken in the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building.

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