Space Flight Recovery Operations Collection: US Navy

Table of Contents

Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Detailed Description of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information




Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Navy Department Library
Creator:
Naval Historical Center
Title:
Space Flight Recovery Operations Collection: US Navy
Dates:
1961-1973 (inclusive)
Dates:
1969-1970 (bulk)
Quantity:
3 archival boxes.
Abstract:
The collection contains mission briefings, operational orders, maps, dispatches and other information relating to the manned space flight recovery operations conducted by the US Navy during the Apollo 10, 13, 14, 15, and 17 Missions. Also included is a small amount of material on the MR-4 recovery, the Sigma Seven Mission, and the Skylab II Mission.
Language:
The records are in English.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of official documents relating to the manned space flight recovery operations conducted by the US Navy for Apollo Missions 10, 13, 14, 15, and 17. These documents include, but are not limited to mission briefings, operational orders, maps, and radio dispatches. The collection also contains a set of radio messages received by the USS Randolph (CVS-15) during the MR-4 Recovery operations as well as a final summary report and other documents related to the Skylab II Mission.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically by mission and by subject within each mission.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

MR-4 Recovery [Project Mercury mission Liberty Bell 7 crewed by Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, 21 July 1961.]

Radio messages USS Randolph (CVS-15), 18-22 July 1961.

Sigma Seven [Project Mercury mission crewed by Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr., on 3 Oct. 1962.]

Radio messages (49 mimeograph reprints) USS Kearsage (CVS-33), 3-5 October 1966.
Includes unofficial diagram of operational deployment.

Apollo 10 [18-26 May 1969]
Apollo 10 Astronaut's menu.

Mission Press Briefing, 16 April 1969.
Plans and Assignments USS Princeton (LPH-5), 4 May 1969.
Operational Order USS Princeton (LPH-5), [?] May 1969.
Post Mission Recovery Report, 30 May 1969.
Astronaut's menu USS Princeton (LPH-5).

Apollo 13 [11-17 April 1970]
TF-130 Participation in Apollo 13 Mission; Report of Commander Task Force 130 Operational Order 339-71.
Primary Area Landing Map.
Recovery prayer and photograph of Commander P. E. Jerauld, CHC, USN.
Operational Order USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), 25 March 1970.
Cruise Report USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), 23 April 1970.
Set of photographs documenting splash down and recovery.

Apollo 14 [31 January-9 February 1971]
CTF-140 Operational Plan 1-70, 9 March 1970.
Summary Report, 26 February 1971.
Press Kit (with photographs).
Radio dispatches from journalists.
Radio messages (mimeograph copies).

Apollo 15
[26 July-7 August 1971]

Apollo 15 (AS-510) Operational Order 1-71.
Recovery Requirements Apollo 15, 1 June 1971.
CTF-140 Operational Order 1-71, 7 June 1971.
Information guide to Spacecraft Recovery.
Apollo 15 DOD Support Packet. 
Apollo 15 Press Kit (with photographs).
Mission and System Review Apollo 15.
Summary Report.
RCCA Watch Bills for Apollo 15.
Radio Dispatches from journalists.
Charts:
           Apollo Trans Lunar/Trans Earth Trajectory Plotting Chart.
           Apollo Lunar Orbit Chart.
           Apollo Earth Orbit Chart.
           Space Craft Recovery Chart.
Communication record (Mylar roll).
Oversize Mission Briefing Chart (oversize).

Apollo 17 [7-19 December 1972]>

General Information.
USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14), miscellaneous documents.
TRW Flight Data.
Skylab Mobile Laboratory (with photographs).
NASA Space Flight Tracking & Data Network Station, Kakee Park, Kaui, Hawaii.
Final Summary Report, 27 December 1972.

Skylab II
[25 May-22 June 1973]

Skylab II Primary Recovery Ship USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14).
Skylab 1/2 Final Summary Report, 3 July 1973
Skylab brochure.

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Restrictions on Use

Manuscripts are unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of manuscripts is generally prohibited, though the use of digital cameras by researchers to reproduce non-copyrighted materials is permitted. Permission to photocopy a limited number of pages may be granted by the reference staff, contingent upon the physical state of items. All photocopying of materials shall be done by the reference staff, or under their close supervision. The use of personal scanners or digital cameras by non-library staff personnel must be approved by the reference staff on a document-by-document basis (Reference: Naval Historical Center Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.).

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Subject:

Project Apollo

Project Mercury

Skylab II

Space Vehicles -- Landing

United States Navy -- Space Craft Recovery Operations

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Historical Manuscripts, Navy Department Library, Naval Historical Center, Washington DC, Space Flight Recovery Operations Collection: US Navy.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Thomas Wildenberg in April 2007. 


Cover of menu.


APOLLO 10
ASTRONAUT'S
MENU

[ship's crest]
USS PRINCETON
LPH-5


Inside of menu.


ASTRONAUT BREAKFAST MENU

CHILLED JUICES
Orange
Passion Fruit
Apple
Tomatoe
Pineapple

EGGS, ANY STYLE
Cheese Omelet
Eggs Benedict
Ham & Cheese Omelet
Sunnyside Up
Over Easy
Over Hard
Poached

MEATS
Filet Mignon
Ham Steak
Crisp Bacon
Link Sausage
Corned Beef Hash

TOAST, CAKES and ROLLS
Hot Cakes
French Toast
Sweet Rolls
Toast and Jelly

ASTRONAUT DINING MENU

APPETIZERS
Shrimp Cocktail
Hawaiian Fruit Cup
French Onion Soup
Chicken Consomme
Fruit Cocktail
Carrot Vichyssoise

CHOICE of ENTREES
Steam Boat Roast of Beef
Sirloin Steak
Broiled Rock Lobster Tails
Grilled Steak Chablis
Southern Fried Chicken
Grilled Ham Steak

POTATOES
Baked Potato with Sour Cream
French Fried Potatoes
Baked Stuff Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
Mashed Potatoes
Lyonnaise Potatoes

VEGETABLES
Buttered Fresh Peas
Brocolli Hollandaise
Buttered French Cut String Beans
Mixed Green Vegetables
Buttered Cream Corn

CHEF'S or ROMAINE SALAD with CHOICE of DRESSING
Roquefort
Italian
Thousand Island
Salad Secret
Cataline
French
CEREAL
Corn Flakes
Rice Krispies
Frosted Flakes
Raisin Bran Flakes
BEVERAGES
Fresh Milk
Hot Coffee
Hot Tea
Hot Chocolate
DESSERTS
Baked Alsaka
Ice Cream Sundae
Strawberry Short Cake
Apple Pie ala Mode


Hot Rolls, Butter and Jam.
BEVERAGES
Fresh Milk
Hot Coffee
Hot Tea
Iced Tea
Hot Chocolate
Fruit Punch


Back of menu.


COMMANDING OFFICER
Captain Carl M. Cruse

EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Commander Robert W. Carius

SUPPLY OFFICER
Lieutenant Commander Daniel W. McKinnon

WARDROOM OFFICER
Ensign James J. Carroll III

FOOD SERVICE OFFICER
Warrant Officer Samuel S. Todd

APOLLO CAKE DECORATOR
Froilan Alcomendas SD1

APOLLO CAKE BAKER
Ralph Irlbeck CS2

ASTRONAUT COOKS
Ricko Quinto SD2
Conrado Gatdula