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Monday, May 14, 2007

Apollo 10 - Launched: 18 May 1969 UT 16:49:00 (12:49:00 p.m. EDT)

Apollo 10

*Launched:* 18 May 1969 UT 16:49:00 (12:49:00 p.m. EDT)
*Lunar Orbit:* 21 May 1969
*Returned to Earth:* 26 May 1969 UT 16:52:23 (12:52:23 p.m. EDT)

Thomas P. Stafford, commander
John W. Young, command module pilot
Eugene A. Cernan, lunar module pilot*


So close you could almost touch the Moon, well not quite, but they went
to the Moon and the LM did a dry run.

What a thrill and the next trip to the Moon would see us land on lunar
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Wikipedia says ---

*Apollo 10* was the fourth manned mission in the Apollo program
<>. The mission included the
second crew to orbit the Moon, and the test of the lunar module
<> in lunar orbit. The
module came to within 8.4 nautical miles (15.6 km) of the lunar surface
during practice maneuvers. According to the 2001 Guinness World Records
Apollo 10 has the record for the highest speed attained by a manned
vehicle: 39,897 km/h (11.08 km/s or 24,791 mph). The speed record was
set during the return from the Moon on 26 May 1969.


On May 22, 1969 at 20:35:02 UTC, a 27.4 second LM descent propulsion
system burn inserted the LM into a descent orbit of 112.8 km by 15.7 km
so that the resulting lowest point in the orbit occurred about 15° from
lunar landing site 2 (the Apollo 11 landing site). The lowest measured
point in the trajectory was 15.6 km above the lunar surface at 21:29:43 UTC.


Mission highlights

This dress rehearsal for a Moon landing
<> brought Stafford and
Cernan's lunar module, nicknamed "Snoopy
<>", to 8.4 nautical miles (15.6 km)
from the lunar surface. Except for that final stretch, the mission went
exactly as a landing would have gone, both in space and on the ground,
where Apollo's extensive tracking and control network was put through a
dry run. Shortly after leaving low Earth orbit
<>, the command/service
module separated from the S-IVB stage, turned around, and docked its
nose to the top of the lunar module still nestled in the S-IVB. The
CSM/LM stack then separated from the S-IVB for the trip to the moon.
Upon reaching lunar orbit, Young remained alone in his command module
"Charlie Brown <>," while
Stafford and Cernan flew separately in the LM. They checked out the LM's
radar and ascent engine, rode out a momentary gyration in the lunar
lander's motion (due to a faulty switch setting), and surveyed the
Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquillity. This test article of
the lunar module was not equipped to land, however. Apollo 10 also added
another first - broadcasting live color TV from space.

On May 22, 1969 Apollo 10's lunar module flew within 15.6 km of the
Moon <>'s surface.

Launched: May 18, 1969 from Pad 39B
Returned: May 26, 1969
Crew members:
Tom Stafford
<>, commander;
John Young
<>, command module pilot;
Gene Cernan
<>, lunar module pilot

Command module: Charlie Brown <>
Lunar module: Snoopy <>

The command module is displayed at the Science Museum
<> in London
<>. The lunar module is in
heliocentric orbit, thus making it the only intact lunar module ascent
stage out of all of the lunar modules sent into space (Apollos 5
<>, 9
<>, 13
<> LM ascent stages burned up in
Earth's atmosphere, /Apollo 11 <>/
LM ascent stage left in lunar orbit - eventually crashed on moon,
Apollos 12 <>, 14
<>, 15
<>, 16
<>, 17
<> LM ascent stages deliberately
crashed into moon) .

Apollo 10 Videos
NASA Human Space Flight
Apollo 10 crew enjoy with zero gravity - YouTube - 49 seconds
As You Remember It: The Launch of APOLLO 11 - Yahoo video - 9.56 minutes



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