On Jan. 31. 1971 Apollo 14 successfully launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on its way to the moon. The mission was manned by astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa. Shepard and Mitchell landed on the moon on Feb. 5 while Roosa remained in the command module. Shepard and Mitchell spent over 30 hours on the lunar surface conducting experiments and collecting over 50 kilograms of lunar samples. In a moment of levity, Shepard hit some golf balls with a club he’d brought along. The crew returned safely to Earth on Feb. 9.
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A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted a translator for the U.S. Consulate in Adana of a terrorism charge but then ordered him released. Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency said the court in Mardin province convicted Hamza Ulucay of “knowingly and willingly aiding an armed terror organization” without membership in the group. Ulucay denied those allegations and demanded his acquittal.