Check Out Apollo 11’s Flight Plan
Cool, huh? Now you can plan your own personal moon flight accordingly.
If you’re interested in traveling to the moon, here’s a chance to (literally) take a page out of Apollo 11’s handbook: the National Archives has this snippet of the Apollo 11 flight plan, and it’s basically a how-to for a successful space flight!
If you can figure out how to read it, that is, which would indicate you already know a bit about rocketry. (So many acronyms! And what do those doodles mean???) Thankfully the Archives put together a small guide to reading at least some of it:
This page is one of 185 pages in the plan. Each page represents one hour of the Apollo 11 flight. …
CSM = Command Service Module
CMP = Command Module Pilot
This column lists tasks for CMP Mike Collins
- (1530 EDT)=elapsed time
3rd and 4th columns
LM = Lunar Module
CDR = Commander of the Mission
LMP = Lunar Module Pilot
These columns list tasks for CDR Neil Armstrong and LMP Buzz Aldrin
MCC-H = Mission Control Center-Houston.
This column lists tasks for Mission Control
So this is just a single page out of 185 pages–but you can probably just guess at the other 184.