Halfway on our way to the moon
something is about
that did not happen
on the previous Apollo voyages
to the moon.
at 6:14 pm EST
Nov. 15, 1969
30 hrs., 52 min., 44 sec. after launch
about 130,000 miles from home.
We the crew of Apollo 12 do this something,
fire our main SPS engine for 9.19 seconds
which pulls us away from the free-return trajectory
that would slingshot around the moon
and back toward Earth, should our engines fail.
We’re are flying a hybrid trajectory needed to set
our arrival to the proper lighting conditions
at the landing site.
We have left the safety of the free return
as will the next flight, Apollo 13.