The planned landing site
for the Apollo 13 mission, Fra Mauro, contains some of the most
clearly exposed geological formations that are characteristic
of the Fra Mauro Formation. The formation is an extensive geological
unit that is distributed -- in an approximately radially symmetric
fashion around the Mare Imbrium -- over much of the nearside of
After the Apollo 13 mission
failed to achieve a lunar landing, the importance of the Fra Mauro
landing site led to a decision to attempt a landing in the same
area during the Apollo 14 mission. The final landing site was
very close to that chosen for the Apollo 13 mission.
Commander Alan Shepard
Jr. and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar D. Mitchell performed lunar surface
experiments that differed somewhat from those planned for the
Apollo 13 mission. The crew's traverse capability was improved
by the addition of the Modularized Equipment Transporter, which
is a light, hand-drawn cart that enabled the crew to transport
tools and samples with greater ease. Two moon walks occurred,
both totaling 9 hours and 21 minutes. Just before ending the last
moon walk, Alan Shepard became the first person to hit a golf
ball on the Moon.
After lunar liftoff,
the Lunar Module rendezvoused with the Command Module piloted
by Stuart Roosa.