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Paul78zephyr
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posted 09-16-2014 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What were the crew announcement dates for all Apollo missions 1, 7-17?

The only one I know is Apollo 11: announced 24 March 1969. I'm not even sure if that is correct. If you know any of these dates please post what you have. Or if you have a link to where they are all listed please post.

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posted 09-16-2014 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA's indexes of news releases are a good start: 1966-1968 | 1969-1971
  • March 21, 1966: Gemini and Apollo Crews Selected
  • Dec. 22, 1966: Naming of Second and Third Apollo Crews
  • Nov. 20, 1967: Flight Crews for Second and Third Flights
  • Nov. 13, 1968: Prime Crewmen for Apollo 10
  • April 10, 1969: Apollo 12 Crew Assignment
  • Aug. 6, 1969: Announcing Crews for Apollo 13 and 14
  • March 26, 1970: Naming of Flight and Support Crews for Apollo 15
  • March 3, 1971: Apollo 16 Prime and Backup Crews
  • Aug. 13, 1971: Prime and Backup Crews for Apollo 17

Paul78zephyr
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posted 09-16-2014 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dec. 22, 1966: Naming of Second and Third Apollo Crews
Apollo 2, 3?
Nov. 20, 1967: Flight Crews for Second and Third Flights
Apollo 8, 9?

Also I didn't see any listed news release for Apollo 11 crew announcement.

LM-12
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posted 09-16-2014 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The announcement that Lovell would replace Collins as CMP on the third manned Apollo mission was made in a news release dated August 8, 1968.

That was before the Borman crew was notified of a change in mission assignments to a CSM-only flight in either circumlunar or lunar orbit.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 09-16-2014 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First public announcement by NASA in naming the Apollo 11 crew was made on Jan. 30, 1969, but of course Slayton made the crew decision almost seven weeks earlier (early Dec. 1968).

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posted 09-16-2014 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The caption for S69-16682 mentions the Apollo 11 crew selection and press conference in the MSC auditorium. It is dated January 10, 1969.

Captions are sometimes wrong, though.

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posted 09-16-2014 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Chicago newspaper clippings I have agree with LM-12's January 10, 1969 date of NASA's Apollo 11 crew public announcement.

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posted 09-16-2014 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Manned Spacecraft Center MSC Roundup newsletter also indicates it was January 10.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 09-16-2014 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the corrections, however, after some quite re-checks, I've got sources indicating Jan. 9 and 10 as official crew release dates from Houston (Aldrin says the 9th in his books). But it seems more likely the 10th as others here have posted.

Many of my original NASA glossies, though, put the first public announcement on Jan. 30, 1969, picturing the crewmen in their suits and ties.

But like said before, captions on the backs of photographs — even if NASA issued — are not always accurate.

But I have to wonder why a whole series of original NASA photos are indicating Jan. 30th as their first release day; any ideas why?

Lou Chinal
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posted 09-17-2014 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I recall the announcement was made the night of Jan. 9th, 1969. I was driving along in my Triumph Spitfire with a friend (Another space geek). We were waiting all day for the news.

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posted 09-17-2014 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The three Skylab crews were announced on January 18, 1972. The ASTP crew was announced on January 30, 1973.

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posted 11-20-2014 06:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA news release number 69-9 titled "Apollo 11 Crew Announcement" is dated January 9, 1969.

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posted 11-20-2014 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For numerologists Jan. 9 seems to be the "best" date anyway, as it translates to 1.9.69 (1969) - just sayin'.

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posted 11-20-2014 11:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chet:
For numerologists Jan. 9 seems to be the "best" date anyway, as it translates to 1.9.69 (1969) - just sayin'.

But only if you write your dates in a funny way.

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posted 11-21-2014 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having worked as a member of the media for a short while, I know there are many times when an announcement is made one day and they hold a press conference the next day to make the "official announcement."

That might explain the difference between the January 9 and 10 dates for the Apollo 11 crew announcement.

Personally, I find it hard to take any of these dates seriously. The astronauts spent several years training for their missions, yet they were announced as crew members a mere months before the mission? I understand there's a difference between general spaceflight training and training for a specific mission. Perhaps I'm giving the astronauts too little credit, but six months does not seem like enough time to prepare anyone for what the Apollo crews had to do.

Maybe that's why they're on my heroes list.

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posted 11-21-2014 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The earliest date that I could find in the crew training summary for Apollo 11 is January 15, 1969.

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posted 01-20-2019 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The NASA website has this image of the Apollo 11 crew with the following caption:
On Jan. 9, 1969, NASA announced the prime crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. This portrait was taken on Jan. 10, the day after the announcement of the crew assignment. Later that year in July 1969, the crew launched to the Moon and into history. From left to right are lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin; commander Neil Armstrong; and command module pilot Michael Collins. They were photographed in front of a lunar module mockup beside Building 1 at what is now Johnson Space Center, following a press conference at the Center to introduce the crew.

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posted 01-20-2019 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 15 crew announcement on March 26, 1970 mentions this, regarding the backup crew:
Gordon, Brand and Schmitt will be eligible for selection as prime crewmen for any mission subsequent to Apollo 16.
So that would include Apollo 17. I thought the backup crew had to skip two missions before moving to the prime crew.

The Apollo 15 crew announcement came about six months before the Apollo 18 and Apollo 19 missions were cancelled.

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posted 01-20-2019 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How would I access the complete text of the JSC press release relating to the Apollo 15 back-up crew? I've found a list of all of the 1970 press releases, but there is nothing to click on to access the full text.

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posted 01-20-2019 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the 1970 press releases (pdf).

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posted 01-23-2019 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When were Vance Brand and Don Lind named as the Skylab Rescue Mission crew?

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posted 01-23-2019 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe it was August 4, 1973.

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posted 01-23-2019 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were rescue plans for all three Skylab missions. But the announcement of the prime and backup crews for the three Skylab missions on January 18, 1972 does not mention a rescue crew.

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posted 01-23-2019 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A crew only became an issue after the launch of the second manned mission, and the failure of two RCS quads on the SM. For a time, NASA wasn't sure if the other two were going to fail as well.

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posted 01-24-2019 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LM-12:
Here are the 1970 press releases (pdf).
Thank you very much - very interesting and very helpful.

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posted 01-25-2019 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brand and Lind are mentioned as the designated crewmen for a possible Skylab 4 rescue mission in a September 25, 1973 news release.

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