Astronauts, from left, Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean
This week in 1969, the Apollo 12 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. In this image, astronauts, from left, Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean peer out of the window of the mobile quarantine facility aboard the recovery ship, USS Hornet. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center designed, developed and managed the production of the Saturn V rocket that took astronauts to the moon.
Today, Marshall is developing NASA’s Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built that will be capable of sending astronauts deeper into space than ever before, including to an asteroid and Mars.
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