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Testing the Heat Shield

IMAGE: Graphic of Entry into Earth atmosphere

MissionAS-202
Lift OffSaturn 1B
Aug. 25, 1966
1:15 p.m. EST
KSC, Florida
Complex 34
Splash-
down
Aug. 25, 1966
2:47 p.m. EST
Pacific Ocean
Duration1 hour, 32 minutes,
54 seconds

IMAGE: Apollo 40th anniversary

IMAGE: The AS-202 Mission

The Apollo/Saturn 202 mission was the second test of the Apollo spacecraft Command and Service Modules and the third flight test of the Saturn I rocket in preparation for human missions orbiting the Earth.

The primary purposes of the mission were to evaluate the Saturn 1B launch vehicle and to determine the performance of the spacecraft heat shield during a high-heat load long-duration entry that would simulate the double heat pulse type of lunar entry.

Other objectives included the verification of operations of Saturn propulsion, guidance and control and electrical subsystems; to verify the operation of spacecraft subsystems and adequacy of heatshield for re-entry from low-Earth orbit; and to evaluate emergency detection system in an open-loop configuration.

All objectives for this mission were achieved.

The Missions




Liftoff
IMAGE: AS-202 liftoff
Related Links
* 40th Anniversary
*KSC AS-202 Site
*GSFC AS-202

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 07/02/2009
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