command module


Definition of command module

: a space vehicle module designed to carry the crew, the chief communication equipment, and the equipment for reentry

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Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, a touring exhibition from the National Air and Space Museum, featuring rare artifacts, including the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, and a Sputnik satellite. David Morgan, CBS News, "Events and exhibits celebrating Apollo 11 at 50," 14 July 2019 The Apollo 13 crew was Commander James A. Lovell Jr., lunar module pilot Fred W. Haise Jr. and command module pilot John L. Swigert Jr. Swigert was an alternate who ended up on the mission after Ken Mattingly was exposed to the German measles. Deb Kiner |, al, "Historic photos of Apollo 13’s aborted but miraculous mission," 11 Apr. 2019 During the ten-day flight, the astronauts tested the craft's descent engine while coupled to the command module, lifting both spacecraft to a lofty 300-mile orbit and marking the first crewed throttling of an engine in space. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Travel With Apollo 9 As They Launch to Space 50 Years Ago," 1 Mar. 2019 While Armstrong and Aldrin are on the surface, the skipper of the command module will wait for them in orbit around the Moon. Houston Chronicle, "Apollo Breaks Out of Earth’s Pull," 21 July 2019 With the post-fire changes to the command module, Low felt like the capsule was coming together. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 2: The 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America," 17 July 2019 Like the Eagle, the command module had only one main engine. Norah O'donnell, CBS News, ""Man on the Moon:" The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing," 16 July 2019 That development was more arduous than first anticipated, as the command module had gained weight during its development. New York Times, "Two Magical Places That Sent Apollo 11 to the Moon and Back," 13 July 2019 This acceleration would break the command module out of lunar orbit and put it on a trajectory back toward Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 2: The 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America," 17 July 2019

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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