apollo xii

240. Damaged Gods

i. zeus had the skies, he stormed, but his own acid tears burned him;

ii. poseidon ruled the seas, but he choked on his own turf;

iii. hades held the underground riches, but he was robbed, too quickly, too furiously;

iv. hera watched her kind fight, but they were beaten and bruised;

v. demeter sowed her crops, but her land died under her pupils’ harvest;

vi. hestia held the families, but they broke down one by one to drunken violence and narrow-minded views;

vii. athena blessed the creators, but the world moved on too fast and the blessed thought less and less;

viii. ares rallied the troops, but they mutinied and fell upon one another;

ix. aphrodite bestowed beauty, but she lost hold of the innermost kind;

x. hephaestus slaved away, but his quota was never met and the demands only soared;

xi. artemis held her ground, but her followers broke their vows and threw aside their chastity;

xii. apollo sang and healed, but his songs lost their touch and the diseases flew beyond his skill;

xiii. hermes sped on his winged sandals, but he was too slow to keep up with the world;

xiv. dionysus pressed his grapes, but his creations were overdosed on and he drank himself away

The launch of Gemini XII with Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin.  I never knew a photo existed showing the transition of the two programs.  Most likely, the Saturn V in the background was the 500F, which was a full size mock-up for mating testing or testing launchpad mechanisms before launches with live rockets would begin.  Still, a very good photo documenting the transition from the Gemini to the Apollo program.

This unusual photograph, taken during the second Apollo 12 spacewalk, shows two U.S. spacecraft on the surface of the moon. The Apollo 12 lunar module is in the background and the unmanned Surveyor III spacecraft is in the foreground. The lunar module, with astronauts Charles Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean aboard, landed about 600 feet from Surveyor III in the Ocean of Storms. The television camera and several other pieces were taken from Surveyor III and brought back to Earth for scientific examination. Here, Conrad examines Surveyor’s TV camera prior to detaching it. Astronaut Richard F. Gordon Jr. remained with the command and service modules in lunar orbit. Surveyor III soft-landed on the moon on April 19, 1967.

Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean climbs down the lunar module Intrepid, joining Pete Conrad on the moon, November 19, 1969.

The second lunar landing mission, Apollo 12 proved the astronauts could make a precise landing. It also gave the crew a chance for a unique rendezvous with the robotic explorer Surveyor 3, which had been on the Moon since 1967. Conrad and Bean spent more than 31 hours on the surface before rejoining crewmate Dick Gordon orbiting overhead in the command module Yankee Clipper.