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Apollo 10: The Adventure of Charlie Brown & Snoopy

29 May 2019, 14:24 UTC
Apollo 10: The Adventure of Charlie Brown & Snoopy
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With the first three crewed Apollo missions successfully meeting their objectives over the course of just five months, by the spring of 1969 it was beginning to look as though NASA would succeed in meeting the late President Kennedy’s call to land astronauts on the Moon before the decade was out. With growing confidence in their program, just one more mission was needed to test the Apollo hardware and procedures needed to land on the Moon. That mission, Apollo 10, would prove to be the most complex crewed mission ever flown to date and would set the stage for the success of Apollo 11 in July 1969.

Pushing towards the Moon
In the wake of the Apollo 1 tragedy in January 1967, Apollo program managers developed an aggressive, multi-step test flight plan leading up to the first Moon landing. The “A” missions were meant to test the new Saturn V Moon rocket during unmanned flight. While the first flight, Apollo 4 launched on November 9, 1967, was quite successful (see “Apollo 4: First Flight of the Saturn V”), the Saturn V experienced a number of significant problems during the Apollo 6 test flight launched on April 27, 1968 ...

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