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Apollo 10
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Mission Name: Apollo 10
Call sign: Command module:
Charlie Brown
Lunar module:
Snoopy
Number of
Crew:
3
Launch: May 18, 1969
16:49:00 UTC
Kennedy Space Center
LC 39B
Lunar orbit: May 21 20:44:54 UTC-
May 24 10:25:29 UTC
Splashdown: May 26, 1969
16:52:23 UTC
15° 2' S - 164° 39' W
Duration: 8 d 0 h 03 min 23 s
Number of
Lunar Orbits:
31
Time in
Lunar Orbit:
61 h 37 min 23.6 s
Mass: CSM 28,834 kg;
LM 13,941 kg
Crew picture
Apollo 10 crew portrait (L-R: Cernan, Stafford, and Young)
Apollo 10 crew portrait
(L-R: Cernan, Stafford, and Young)
Apollo 10 Crew

Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the Apollo program, and the first (and only manned Saturn V) mission to launch from pad 39B. 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 the 26 May 1969. AP10, NASA Public Dom File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Coordinated Universal Time or UTC, also sometimes referred to as Zulu time or Z, is an atomic realization of Universal Time (UT) or Greenwich Mean Time, the astronomical basis for civil time. ... Merritt Island and Kennedy Space Center The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the NASA space vehicle launch facility (spaceport) at Cape Canaveral on Merritt Island in Florida, United States. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Apollo 10 crew: Cernan, Stafford, Young. ... Apollo Program insignia Project Apollo was a series of human spaceflight missions undertaken by the United States of America using the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn launch vehicle, conducted during the years 1961–1972. ... The Apollo Lunar Module was the lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft built for the US Apollo program to achieve the transit from Moon orbit to the surface and back. ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

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Crew

Thomas P. Stafford (born September 17, 1930) is an American astronaut and Air Force general. ... Gemini 6A (officially Gemini VI-A) was a 1965 manned spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. ... Gemini 9A (officially Gemini IX-A) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. ... The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was the first joint flight of the US and Soviet space programs. ... John W. Young in 1986 John Watts Young (born September 24, 1930) is a former NASA astronaut who walked on the Moon on Apollo 16, April 21, 1972. ... Gemini 3 was a 1965 manned space flight in NASAs Gemini program. ... Gemini 10 (officially Gemini X) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. ... Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fifth mission to land on the Moon. ... The first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, launched April 12, 1981, returned April 14. ... STS-9 (Spacelab 1) was a United States Space Shuttle mission, the 6th mission of the Columbia orbiter. ... Eugene Cernan Eugene A. Cernan (born March 14, 1934) is a former United States astronaut. ... Gemini 9A (officially Gemini IX-A) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. ... Apollo 17 was the eleventh manned space mission in the NASA Apollo program, and was the sixth and last mission to date to land on the Moon. ...

Backup Crew

Coopers work often had him wearing a helmet and pressure suit as above. ... Crew Gordon Cooper Backup Crew Alan B. Shepard Mission Parameters Mass: 1,360. ... Gemini 5 (officially Gemini V) was a 1965 manned spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. ... Donn F. Eisele June 23, 1930-December 2, 1987 was born in Columbus, Ohio and served as a Colonel in the USAF, as well as an astronaut with NASA. EDUCATION: Graduated from West High School, Columbus, Ohio; received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in... Apollo 7 was the first manned mission in the Apollo program to be launched. ... Edgar Mitchell (right) poses with Stuart Roosa (left) and Alan Shepard (center) Edgar D. Mitchell (born September 17, 1930) was the sixth man to walk on the moon. ... Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program and the third mission to land on the moon. ...

Support Crew

Charles Moss Duke, Jr. ... Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fifth mission to land on the Moon. ... Joseph Joe Henry Engle (born August 26, 1932 in Dickinson County, Kansas) is a former NASA astronaut and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. ... STS-2 was a space shuttle mission by NASA using the Space Shuttle Columbia, launched November 12, 1981. ... Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin James Irwins Apollo 15 space suit James Benson Irwin (March 17, 1930 – August 8, 1991) was a member of the Apollo 15 mission and the eighth man to walk on the Moon. ... Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fourth mission to land on the Moon. ... Jack Robert Lousma [Colonel, USMC, Ret. ... Skylab 3 or SL-3 was the second manned mission to Skylab. ... STS-3 was the third space shuttle mission, and was the third mission for the Space Shuttle Columbia. ...

Mission parameters

Mass is a property of a physical object that quantifies the amount of matter it contains. ... This article is about several astronomical terms (apogee & perigee, aphelion & perihelion, generic equivalents based on apsis, and related but rarer terms. ... This article is about several astronomical terms (apogee & perigee, aphelion & perihelion, generic equivalents based on apsis, and related but rarer terms. ... Inclination is one of the six orbital parameters describing the shape and orientation of a celestial orbit and is the angular distance of the orbital plane from the plane of the reference (usually planets equator or the ecliptic), stated in degrees. ... The orbital period is the time it takes a planet (or another object) to make one full orbit. ... This article is about several astronomical terms (apogee & perigee, aphelion & perihelion, generic equivalents based on apsis, and related but rarer terms. ... This article is about several astronomical terms (apogee & perigee, aphelion & perihelion, generic equivalents based on apsis, and related but rarer terms. ... Inclination is one of the six orbital parameters describing the shape and orientation of a celestial orbit and is the angular distance of the orbital plane from the plane of the reference (usually planets equator or the ecliptic), stated in degrees. ... The orbital period is the time it takes a planet (or another object) to make one full orbit. ...

LM - CSM Docking

May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

LM closest approach to lunar surface

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. May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


See also

Atlantic splashdown locations of American spacecraft. ... Artificial objects on the Moon that are currently in use are retroreflectors (Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment). ...

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. USPS stamp featuring Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace This article is about a comic strip character. ... Charlie Brown Charles Charlie Brown [born 30 October] is the principal character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ...


On May 22, 1969 Apollo 10's lunar module flew within 15.6 km of the Moon's surface. May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Bulk composition of the moons mantle and crust estimated, weight percent Oxygen 42. ...

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) . May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... See also: Tom Stafford (astronomer). ... John W. Young in 1986 John Watts Young (born September 24, 1930) is a former NASA astronaut who walked on the Moon on Apollo 16, April 21, 1972. ... Eugene A. Cernan (born March 14, 1934) is a former United States astronaut. ... Charlie Brown Charles Charlie Brown [born 30 October] is the principal character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ... USPS stamp featuring Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace This article is about a comic strip character. ... The National Science Museum in London The Science Museum on Exhibition Road, Kensington, London, is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. ... The Houses of Parliament and the clock tower containing Big Ben Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London (see Wiktionary:London for the name in other languages) is the capital of the United Kingdom and England. ... Apollo 5 was the first unmanned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module that landed man on the Moon. ... Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the Apollo program, a ten day earth-orbital mission launched 3 March 1969. ... Apollo 13 was an American space mission, part of the Apollo program. ... Apollo 11 was an American space mission, part of the Apollo program and the first manned mission to land on the Moon. ... Apollo 12 was the sixth manned mission in the Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. ... Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program and the third mission to land on the moon. ... Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fourth mission to land on the Moon. ... Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fifth mission to land on the Moon. ... Apollo 17 was the eleventh manned space mission in the NASA Apollo program, and was the sixth and last mission to date to land on the Moon. ...

Project Apollo Project Apollo insignia
Previous mission: Apollo 9 Next mission: Apollo 11

Apollo Program insignia Project Apollo was a series of human spaceflight missions undertaken by the United States of America using the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn launch vehicle, conducted during the years 1961–1972. ... Apollo program insignia. ... Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the Apollo program, a ten day earth-orbital mission launched 3 March 1969. ... Apollo 11 was an American space mission, part of the Apollo program and the first manned mission to land on the Moon. ...

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