Apollo 10: ‘Tell the world, we have arrived’

Fifty years ago, Apollo 10 launched from Cape Kennedy on May 18, 1969. The Apollo 10 mission encompassed all aspects of an actual crewed lunar landing, except the landing. It was the first flight of a complete, crewed Apollo spacecraft to operate around the Moon. The crew members were Commander Thomas Stafford, Command Module Pilot John Young and Lunar Module Pilot Eugene Cernan. Objectives included a scheduled eight-hour lunar orbit of the separated lunar module, or LM, and descent to about nine miles off the moon’s surface before ascending for rendezvous and docking with the command and service module, or CSM, in about a 70-mile circular lunar orbit. Pertinent data to be gathered in this landing rehearsal dealt with the lunar potential, or gravitational effect, to refine the Earth-based crewed spaceflight network tracking techniques, and to check out LM programmed trajectories and radar, and lunar flight control systems. Twelve television transmissions to Earth were planned. All mission objectives were achieved.

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  1. I love when ppl still believe its true

    The government tricks ppl like that California fire , they laserd near popular ppl ( celebrities) so you care about them not the things around you.

  2. soo this is about their recent video and is it just me orrrr do you feel like their telling us "heyy umm so were moving to the moon, so pack ur bags and lets get a move on bc earth is dying"
    orrr im I just overthinking it?

  3. Imagine believing the moon landing was real even though weve not been back since and the footage was proven to be faked. And then also imagine the government having lost the original footage and it no longer being available so youre stuck with whats on the internet.

  4. The fact that this was in the 60s amazes me. When we look at technology from the 60s they feel extremely outdated. These guys went to the moon using that. Wow

  5. The Apollo mission stories are amazing, because after Apollo:
    1) NASA demonstrated for 50 years they had no idea how to send a man above Low Earth Orbit.
    2) No man has ever got above LEO from any country. Ever.
    After NASA destroyed the original Apollo 11 video it seems a leap of faith is needed to believe in it.

    There's solid evidence from NASA that it was faked, but no evidence they ever got there. Even if you believe they did – it didn't teach them anything about space travel did it? What's Project Orion doing? – still testing splashdowns. Doh!

  6. Es increíble lo que logran no sólo los astronautas sino todo el equipo de ingenieros y científicos
    Me emociona mucho todo lo relacionado con el espacio porque en estos próximos 5 años van a suceder cosas increíbles 🚀

  7. I dont get why they just didnt land then, what if 11 didnt workout? The end of decade would not of been gotten. So they are tourring and blast back up, but 11 almost crash because of lack of fuel?


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