Throughout the transearth coast, views of the receding moon and the interior of the spacecraft have been televised, and a question and reply session with scientists and the press was performed. Liftoff of the ascent stage of the LM, the first one to be televised, occurred at 1:11 p.m. The primary EVA lasted 6 hours 33 minutes. EST April 16, with a crew of astronauts John W. Young, Thomas Ok. Mattingly II, and Charles M. Duke, Jr. After insertion into an earth parking orbit for spacecraft system checks, the spacecraft and the S-IVB stage had been positioned on a trajectory to the moon at 3:28 p.m.
The spacecraft and S-IVB stage entered a parking orbit with a 185.5-kilometer apogee and a 181.5-kilometer perigee. Apollo 14 entered lunar orbit at 1:55 a.m. At 7:49 a.m. EDT August 1, the second EVA started. The 2 astronauts transferred from the LM to the CSM with samples, equipment, and film. After the crew transferred with the samples, equipment, and movie to the Yankee Clipper, the Intrepid was jettisoned and deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface at 5:17 p.m. EDT August 2. About two hours later the LM and CSM rendezvoused and docked, and film, gear, and 77 kilograms of lunar samples had been transferred from the LM to the CSM. EDT on July 19. In the course of the second lunar orbit a live coloration telecast of the lunar floor was made. EST February 5, 9 to 18 meters in need of the planned touchdown point. EST February 9 about 7 kilometers from the recovery ship U.S.S.
Some issues had been encountered in the deployment and checkout of the LRV, used for the first time, however they had been rapidly resolved. EDT July 20. Armstrong reported to mission management at MSC, “Houston, Tranquillity Base here – the Eagle has landed.” (Eagle was the name given to the Apollo eleven LM; the CSM was named Columbia.) Man’s first step on the moon was taken by Armstrong at 10:56 p.m. At 8:50 a.m. July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin reentered the LM and checked out all methods. EDT. As he stepped onto the surface of the moon, Armstrong described the feat as “one small step for man – one large leap for mankind.” Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface of the moon at 11:15 p.m.
EDT. At 2:04 p.m. A crew inspection of the probe and docking mechanism was televised during the coast towards the moon. Spacecraft operations were close to normal throughout the coast to the moon. Other points of the translunar journey had been normal. On completion of the traverse, Scott and Irwin accomplished the position of heat move experiment probes, collected a core sample, and deployed the American flag. Additionally they deployed an S-band antenna, photo voltaic wind composition experiment, and the American flag. The 2 astronauts collected a 19.5-kilogram contingency pattern; deployed the Tv, S-band antenna, American flag, and Solar Wind Composition experiment; photographed the LM, lunar surface, and experiments; deployed the Apollo lunar floor experiments bundle 152 meters west of the LM and the laser-ranging retroreflector 30 meters west of the ALSEP; and performed an lively seismic experiment, firing 13 thumper shots into the lunar floor.