Apollo 11 is clearly the most famous mission of the whole Apollo program that put man on the Moon, this momentous event occurring on 20 July 1969. The mission four months afterwards, Apollo 12, was the second manned flight to the lunar surface. Blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Lunar Module (LM) containing the astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean landed on a site at 3.01239 S latitude, 23.42157 W longitude, on 19 November 1969. The LM, which was christened Intrepid, touched down with pinpoint accuracy just 160m from the unmanned Surveyor 3 probe that had been sitting on the Moons surface for the past 31 months. They spent more than 30 hours on the Moon performing scientific tasks such as collecting rock samples and measuring the Moons seismic activity, magnetic field and solar wind flux. Samples from the unmanned Surveyor 3 probe were collected, this being the only occasion that humans have ever recovered a probe sent to another world.
Dragon's newest model in its exciting Space Collection represents the Apollo 12 mission. Indeed, a stunning diorama scene is created in 1/72 scale. The set includes the Intrepid LM on a simulated Ocean of Storms lunar surface alongside the Surveyor 3 probe. The open hatch allows viewers a glimpse of the cramped spacecraft interior. Furthermore, the model comes with two astronaut figures, recovering elements from Surveyor 3. The set also features the orbiting Command/Service Module (CSM) Yankee Clipper that's displayed on an integral stand. This fine 1/72 scale set enables collectors to own an instant diorama of this scientifically important Apollo 12 mission.
Release Date: June 2012
Historical Account: "H Type Mission" - Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon (an H type mission). It was launched on November 14th, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms. Key objectives were achievement of a more precise landing (which had not been achieved by Apollo 11), and to visit the Surveyor 3 probe to remove parts for analysis. The mission ended on November 24 with a successful splashdown, having completed the main mission parameters successfully.