Was there an Apollo 10 mission?

Apollo 10 (May 18 – 26, 1969) was a human spaceflight, the fourth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon. After orbiting the Moon 31 times, Apollo 10 returned safely to Earth, and its success enabled the first actual landing (Apollo 11) two months later.

Did Apollo 10 fail?

The rest of Apollo 10’s mission passed without incident, right up to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on May 26. Despite the spin out incident, Apollo 10 was considered sufficiently successful that NASA chose to go for a landing with the next mission, Apollo 11.

Who manned Apollo 10?

The prime crew of Apollo 10 is astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, commander; John W. Young, command module pilot; and Eugene A. Cernan, lunar module pilot.

How close did Apollo 10 get to the moon?

eight nautical miles
Two Apollo 10 astronauts descended to within eight nautical miles (14 kilometers) of the Moon’s surface, the closest approach ever to another celestial body.

What happened Apollo 10 Snoopy?

After Apollo 9 tested the lunar module in space for the first time in Earth orbit, Apollo 10 acted as a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing. Unlike in the five missions that landed on the Moon, the Snoopy lunar module was ultimately jettisoned into an orbit around the Sun.

Why did Apollo 10 go so fast?

After the spacecraft completed one and a half revolutions of the Earth, the S-IVB booster stage was reignited to increase the speed of the spacecraft to the velocity required to escape the gravitational attraction of the Earth.

Who died in Apollo 10?

During a preflight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission, a fire claimed the lives of three U.S. astronauts; Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

Was there an Apollo 9 and 10?

Apollo 9 (March 3 – 13, 1969) was the third human spaceflight in NASA’s Apollo program. It proved the LM worthy of crewed spaceflight, setting the stage for the dress rehearsal for the lunar landing, Apollo 10, before the ultimate goal, landing on the Moon.

Is Aquarius still in space?

Apollo 13 used its lunar module Aquarius as a lifeboat on the trip back to Earth leaving it to burn up in the atmosphere during reentry. They are, of course, still up there along with the remains of the smashed S-IVB and lunar modules for future archaeologists to explore.

How many times did Apollo 8 circled the Moon?

Apollo 8 astronaut Jim Lovell recalls the launch. Credits: The crew rocketed into orbit on December 21, and after circling the moon 10 times on Christmas Eve, it was time to come home. On Christmas morning, mission control waited anxiously for word that Apollo 8’s engine burn to leave lunar orbit had worked.

What was Apollo 10 used for?

Apollo 10 was a May 1969 human spaceflight, the fourth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program , and the second (after Apollo 8 ) to orbit the Moon. It was the F mission: a “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing, testing all of the components and procedures, just short of actually landing.

What was the purpose of an Apollo 10 test?

Apollo 10 was a full “dry run” for the Apollo 11 mission, in which all operations except the actual lunar landing were performed. The mission was designed to demonstrate the capabilities of astronauts, space vehicles and mission-support facilities during a lunar mission and to evaluate lunar module performance in the lunar environment.

Could Apollo 10 have landed?

Apollo 10 could have landed, but it did not include the required margin of safety fuel amount to complete the landing, takeoff, and rendezvous with the Command and Service Module (CSM).