This day in History…

1969, Apollo 12 lifts off

Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the moon, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. It carried with it astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr., Richard F. Gordon, Jr., and Alan L. Bean. President Richard Nixon was the first president to attend a liftoff of a manned space flight when he watched Apollo 12 from Pad A at Cape Canaveral.

Thirty-six seconds after takeoff, there was a power failure due to a lightning strike. Fortunately, power was restored and on November 19 the landing module Intrepid made a landing on the northwest rim of the moon. Astronauts Conrad and Bean became the third and fourth humans to walk on the surface of the moon. On November 24, Apollo 12 returned to Earth.