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Apollo 14 Mission 

Apollo 14 launched on 5 February 1971. Acting as commander was Captain Alan B. Shepard Jr., USN, and Commander Edgar D. Mitchell, USN, as lunar module pilot. Apollo 14 mission was the third to land on the moon. During the 9-day mission, 94 pounds of lunar material was collected. Recovery was by helicopter from USS New Orleans (LPH-11). 

For more information, visit NASA’s Apollo Missions webpage.


Apollo 14 Astronauts

Apollo 14 astronauts, Captain Alan B. Shepard Jr., USN, Major Stuart Allen Roosa, U.S. Air Force, and Commander Edgar Dean Mitchell, USN, pose in front of the mission insignia. (USN 1146381)



Apollo 14 Space Mission

Apollo 14 Space Mission. The crew of the Apollo 14 mission in position aboard the Command Module Simulator at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. From left, Commander Edgar D. Mitchell, lunar module pilot; Major Stuart Roosa, command module pilot; Captain Alan B. Shepard Jr., commander of the mission. (NHHC USN 1145581)



Apollo 14 Moon Walk

Mission commander Alan Shepard assembles a double core tube. Astronauts Shepard and lunar module pilot Edgar D. Mitchell, who took this photograph, explored the lunar surface while astronaut Stuart A. Roosa, command module pilot, orbited the moon. (Image Credit: NASA)



Apollo 14 Recovery

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, lunar module pilot, is assisted out of the command module (CM) by a U.S. Navy underwater demolition team swimmer during the Apollo 14 recovery operations in the south Pacific Ocean. Mitchell was followed out of the spacecraft by astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., commander; and Stuart A. Roosa, command module pilot. Roosa is partially visible behind Mitchell. The Apollo 14 splashdown occurred at 3:04:39 p.m. (CST), 9 February 1971, in the South Pacific Ocean, approximately 765 nautical miles from American Samoa. They were transported by U.S. Navy helicopter to USS New Orleans, prime recovery vessel. (Image Credit: NASA)



: Apollo 14 Astronauts Assisted Out of Command Module by Navy Divers

Apollo 14 crew sit in a life raft beside their Command Module in the South Pacific Ocean as they await a helicopter that will take them aboard USS New Orleans, prime recovery ship. Right to left are Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Stuart A. Roosa, and Edgar D. Mitchell. Two Navy underwater demolition team swimmers assist in the recovery operations. (NASA Photo ID: S71-19475)   



Astronaut Stuart Roosa Hoisted Inside Recovery Net to Navy Helicopter

Astronaut Stuart A. Roosa, Apollo 14 command module pilot, is hoisted inside a Billy Pugh net to a Navy helicopter assisting in Apollo 14 recovery operations in the South Pacific Ocean. Visible in a life raft beside the command module are astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., commander, back to camera; and Edgar D. Mitchell (partially obscured by the spacecraft), lunar module pilot. Three Navy underwater demolition team swimmers who assisted in the recovery operations are pictured in and around the life raft. (NASA Photo ID: S71-19476)           



Apollo 14 Crew Members Sealed inside a Mobile Quarantine Facility

Sealed inside a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF), Apollo 14 astronauts greet newsmen and crew men aboard USS New Orleans, Apollo 14 prime recovery ship. They are, from left to right, astronauts Stuart A. Roosa, Alan B. Shepard Jr., and Edgar D. Mitchell. (NASA Photo ID: S71-18557)   


Published: Tue Jul 09 16:47:26 EDT 2019