The Apollo Missions

  • Apollo 1

    Apollo 1
    One of the worst tragedies in the history of spaceflight occurred on January 27, 1967 when the crew of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire in the Apollo Command Module during a preflight test at Cape Canaveral. They were training for the first crewed Apollo flight, an Earth orbiting mission scheduled to be launched on 21 February. They were taking part in a "plugs-out" test, in which the Command Module was mounted on the Saturn 1B on the launch pad just as it would be
  • Apollo 4

    Apollo 4
    No crew.
    Launched November 9, 1967; landed November 9, 1967.
    The main purpose of this craft was to take the the Apollo Command and Service Module (CSM) into Earth orbit and to test all aspects of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
    Secondary objects were to take images of Earth, tests of structural integrity, compatibility of launch vehicle and spacecraft, heat shield and thermal seal integrity, overall reentry operations, launch loads and dynamic characteristics, stage separation, launch vehicle subsy
  • Apollo 5

    Apollo 5
    The unmanned Saturn/Apollo 5 was the first test flight of the Lunar Module (LM). Mission objectives were to verify the ascent and descent stages, the propulsion systems, and the restart operations, and to evaluate the spacecraft structure, LM staging, 2nd stage (S-IVB) and instrument unit (Iu) orbital performance.
  • Apollo 7

    Apollo 7
    10 days, 20 hours
    163 Earth orbits. First manned CSM operations in lunar landing program. First live TV from manned spacecraft.
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    Dates of Apollo Missions

    A Timeline showing the dates and events of apollo missions 7 though 17. 2 through 6 were never released.
  • Apollo 8

    Apollo 8
    06 days, 03 hours
    In lunar orbit 20 hours, with 10 orbits. First manned lunar orbital mission. Support facilities tested. Photographs taken of Earth and Moon. Live TV broadcasts.
  • Apollo 9

    Apollo 9
    10 days, 01 hour
    First manned flight of all lunar hardware in Earth orbit. Schweickark performed 37 minutes EVA. Human reactions to space and weightlessness
    tested in 152 orbits. First manned flight of lunar module.
  • Apollo 10

    Apollo 10
    08 days, 03 minutes
    Dress rehearsal for Moon landing. First manned CSM/LM operations in cislunar and lunar environment; simulation of first lunar landing profile. In lunar orbit 61.6 hours, with 31 orbits. LM taken to within 15,243 m (50,000 ft) of lunar surface. First live color TV from space. LM ascent stage jettisoned in orbit.
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11
    08 days, 03 hours, 18 minutes
    First manned lunar landing mission and lunar surface EVA. Landing site: Sea of Tranquility.
    Landing Coordinates: 0.71 degrees North, 23.63 degrees East 1 EVA of 02 hours, 31 minutes. Flag and instruments deployed; unveiled plaque on the LM descent stage with inscription: "Here Men From Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon. July 1969 A.D. We Came In Peace For All Mankind.
  • Apollo 12

    Apollo 12
    10 days, 04 hours, 36 minutes
    Landing site: Ocean of Storms.
    3.04 degrees South, 23.42 degrees West Retrieved parts of the unmanned Surveyor 3, which had landed on the Moon in April 1967. Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) deployed. Lunar surface stay-time, 31.5 hours; in lunar orbit 89 hours, with 45 orbits. LM descent stage impacted on Moon. 34kg (75 lbs) of material gathered.
  • Apollo 13

    Apollo 13
    05 days, 22.9 hours
    Third lunar landing attempt. Mission aborted after rupture of service module oxygen tank. Classed as "successful failure" because of experience in rescuing crew. Spent upper stage successfully impacted on the Moon.
  • Apollo 14

    Apollo 14
    ALSEP and other instruments deployed. Lunar surface stay-time, 33.5 hours; 67 hours in lunar orbit, with 34 orbits. 2 EVAs of 09 hours, 25 minutes. Third stage impacted on Moon. 42 kg (94 lbs) of materials gathered, using hand cart for first time to transport rocks.
  • Apollo 15

    Apollo 15
    12 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes
    Landing site: Hadley-Apennine region near
    Apennine Mountains.
    Landing Coordinates: 26.08 degrees North, 3.66 degrees East 3 EVAs of 10 hours, 36 minutes. Worden performed 38 minutes EVA on way back to Earth. First to carry orbital sensors in service module of CSM. ALSEP deployed. Scientific payload landed on Moon doubled. Improved spacesuits gave increased mobility and stay-time. Lunar surface staytime, 66.9 hours. Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), electric-powered, 4-wh
  • Apollo 16

    Apollo 16
    Landing site: Descartes Highlands. The first study of highlands area. Selected surface experiments were deployed, ultraviolet camera/spectrograph was used for first time on the Moon, and the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was used for the second time. Lunar surface stay-time, 71 hours; in lunar orbit 126 hours, with 64 orbits. Mattingly performed 1 hour in-flight EVA. 95.8 kg (213 pounds) of lunar samples were collected. Duration of the flight: 11 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes. The name given to the Comm
  • Apollo 17

    Apollo 17
    The last lunar landing mission. Landing site: Taurus-Littrow, highlands and valley area.. The first study of highlands area. There were three EVAs of 22 hours, and 4 minutes. Evans performed trans-Earth EVA lasting 1 hour and 6 minutes. Harrison H. Schmitt became the first scientist-astronaut to land ont he Moon. The sixth automated research station was set up on the Moon. The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) total traverse time was 30.5 km (19 miles). Lunar surface stay time, 75 hours, in lunar orbit