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    THE SPACE AGENCY THURSDAY NAMED AN ALL-NAVY CREW COMMANDED BY VETERAN SPACEMAN CHARLES CONRAD TO MAKE AMERICA'S SECOND PLANNED MOON LANDING SOMETIME BETWEEN NEXT NOVEMBER AND JANUARY.

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    Background: THE SPACE AGENCY THURSDAY NAMED AN ALL-NAVY CREW COMMANDED BY VETERAN SPACEMAN CHARLES CONRAD TO MAKE AMERICA'S SECOND PLANNED MOON LANDING SOMETIME BETWEEN NEXT NOVEMBER AND JANUARY.

    AT THE SAME TIME THE AGENCY SLOWED DOWN THE FREQUENCY OF ITS PLANNED FLIGHTS TO THE MOON, STARTING WITH CONRAD'S MISSION, FROM EVERY TWO MONTHS TO EVERY FOUR MONTHS.

    CONRAD WILL COMMAND APOLLO 12. FLYING WITH HIM WILL BE ANOTHER SPACE VETERAN, RICHARD F. GORDON, AND ROOKIE ALAN L. BEAN.

    THE NATION'S FIRST MOON LANDING IS SCHEDULED FOR APOLLO 11 IN MID-JULY. IT WILL BE FLOWN BY ASTRONAUTS NEIL ARMSTRONG, MICHAEL COLLINS AND EDWIN "BUZZ" ALDRIN.

    THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY FOR THE APOLLO 12 LANDING TO START COULD BE NOV, 10, WHEN A SEVEN-DAY MOON LAUNCH WINDOW OPENS.

    "PRELIMINARY PLANS CALL FOR APOLLO 12 TO LAND AT A SITE OTHER THAN NO. 2, FOR WHICH APOLLO 11 IS TARGETED," A SPACE AGENCY SPOKESMAN SAID.

    SITE 2 IS ONE OF FIVE ALONG THE EQUATOR OF THE MOON WHICH THE SPACE AGENCY HAS PICKED AS DESIRABLE FOR THE FIRST LANDING ATTEMPTS.

    CONRAD, A 38-YEAR-OLD NAVY COMMANDER, AND BEAN, A 27-YEAR-OLD LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, WILL BE THE TWO MEN WHO LAND ON THE MOON IN THE SPIDERY APOLLO 12 LUNAR LANDING CRAFT. GORDON, A 35-YEAR-OLD NAVY COMMANDER, WILL CIRCLE THE MOON 69 MILES HIGH IN THE APOLLO MOTHERSHIP WHILE THE OTHER TWO MEN LAND.

    "TWO PERIODS OF EXTRAVEHICULAR ACTIVITY (MOON WALKING) ON THE LUNAR SURFACE ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR APOLLO 11. TOTALLING MORE THAN FIVE HOURS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

    THEIR CRAFT ONTO THE LUNAR SURFACE ONLY ONCE FOR TWO OR THREE HOURS. OFFICIALS HAVE PICKED OUT A LIMITED SET OF LIGHTWEIGHT EXPERIMENTS FOR THEM TO LEAVE ON THE MOON, BECAUSE IT IS NOW KNOWN HOW DIFFICULT IT WILL BE TO WALK ON THE MOON WHERE THE FORCE OF GRAVITY IS ONLY ONE-SIXTH THAT OF EARTH GRAVITY.

    ALL APOLLO MANNED FLIGHTS THROUGH APOLLO 10, A MOON-ORBIT FLIGHT SET FOR MAY, HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED TWO MONTHS APART.

    INFORMED SOURCES SAID THAT STARTING WITH APOLLO 12, FLIGHTS WILL BE SCHEDULED A MINIMUM OF FOUR MONTHS APART UNDER NEW SPACE AGENCY ORDERS. SOURCES SAID THIS WOULD APPLY AT LEAST TO FOUR AND POSSIBLY AS MANY AS NINE MOON LANDINGS.

    CONRAD, COMMANDER OF THE SECOND LANDING MISSION, FLEW TWICE IN SPACE DURING THE TWO-MAN GEMINI PROGRAM IN EARTH ORBIT ABOARD GEMINI 5 AND GEMINI 11.

    GORDON WAS CONRAD'S CO-PILOT ON GEMINI 11. BEAN HAS NEVER BEEN IN SPACE.

    ALL THREE MEN SERVED AS BACKUP CREWMEN FOR THE APOLLO 9 MISSION LAST MONTH, THE FIRST MANNED SPACE TEST OF THE APOLLO MOON LANDING CRAFT.

    THE SPACE AGENCY NAMED ASTRONAUTS DAVID SCOTT, 36; ALFRED M. WORDEN, 37; AND JAMES B. IRWIN, 39, TO BACK UP THE CONRAD CREW FOR APOLLO 12.

    SCOTT FLEW ABOARD APOLLO 9 AND GEMINI 8, BUT THE OTHER TWO BACK UP CREWMEN HAVE NEVER FLOWN A SPACE MISSION.

    THE SPACECRAFT FOR APOLLO 121-143-56 s 738.

    THE SPACECRAFT FOR APOLLO 12 ALREADY IS BEING PREPARED FOR LAUNCH AT CAPE KENNEDY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7L6JW9QZ02PM2XE0DCNYFA5L5
    Media URN:
    VLVA7L6JW9QZ02PM2XE0DCNYFA5L5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:05:07:00
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    N/A

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