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Apollo 7: Rise of the Phoenix

24 Oct 2018, 18:19 UTC
Apollo 7: Rise of the Phoenix
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After the tragic loss of the Apollo 1 crew on January 27, 1967, NASA’s goal to land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade almost looked unattainable. But over the succeeding months, NASA and its army of contractors pushed hard to determine the cause of the Apollo 1 accident, take whatever corrective actions were needed and get the Apollo program back on track. As 1967 and 1968 unfolded, NASA committed to an aggressive series of test flights but everything would need to go almost perfectly to reach the Moon before the end of 1969.
In this new plan, the “A” missions were to test the giant Saturn V Moon rocket for the first time. This goal was met with the unmanned Apollo 4 and 6 missions launched in November 1967 and April 1968, respectively. The goal of the “B” mission was to test the LM (Lunar Module) in Earth orbit which was accomplished by the unmanned Apollo 5 mission in January 1968. The next step was the “C” mission where the updated Apollo spacecraft was to be tested for the first time in Earth orbit with a crew on board. This task fell to the Apollo ...

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