American Inventions – Lunar Module

Hancock International College absolutely believes America put men on the moon! Some of our ESL students have been talking about the rise of SpaceX and the excitement about going back to the Moon as well as Mars and beyond. Today we look back at the invention of the Lunar Module that landed on the moon and the man behind its invention.

Asme.org says, “The Apollo lunar module (LM-13) was developed by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. (now Northrop Grumman). The LM’s main functions were to carry two astronauts from lunar orbit to the moon’s surface, and then return them to lunar orbit to rendezvous and dock with the Apollo command-service modules. On the surface, the LM served as a shelter and base of operations as the astronauts carried out their exploration and experiments…

The LM’s module design was economical because each could be designed for specialized functions of exploration and re-entry operations. Thomas J. Kelley, who served as the engineering manager and eventually deputy program manager for the lunar module program, has recalled in the past, ‘We didn’t know anything about space any more than most people did at that time. But we did know a lot about producing reliable flying machines.’ Kelley’s mechanical engineering and propulsion concepts and designs helped shape the plans for the Apollo missions.

Thirteen lunar modules were built and six landed on the moon. No. 13, which was to have flown on the canceled Apollo 18 flight, is on permanent loan from the Smithsonian Institution to the Cradle of Aviation Museum.”

Full Article: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/who-we-are/engineering-history/landmarks/218-apollo-lunar-module-lm-13

Idiom of the Day

Reach for the Moon

Meaning: To set one’s goals or ambitions very high; to try to attain or achieve something particularly difficult.

Example: My parents always taught me to reach for the moon when I was growing up—that I could be anything I set my mind to!