By Gregory Vogt
Lines the efforts of the us to place a guy at the moon, from President Kennedy's ancient prediction in 1961 in the course of the of completion of the Apollo 17 venture in 1972.
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The second phase probing the Moon involved the Surveyor spacecraft series. Surveyor awkward-looking three-legged spacecraft designed to soft-land on the Moon. landing footpads that could fit was an that was had three It inside a circle with a diameter of 14 feet and a mast protruding at the top located. 10 feet where an antenna and a The 2,200-pound were solar panel spacecraft stood just tall. Surveyor /'s flight began on with an Atlas-Centaur rocket pelled the craft toward the May 30, 1966, liftoff that Moon at pro- a velocity of 23,500 mph.
Since hundreds of things could go wrong, there were hundreds of contingency plans. All possible mishaps had to be anticipated. a big mistake lives. 59 No mistakes could be made. Yet, —one was made that cost three The accident took place on January Astronauts 27, 1967. " Test I was designed to simulate, as closely as pos- an actual Saturn IB launch while the sible, remained on the ground. In was how to verily craft particular, the test well the spacecraft check the functioning of to number F-0021- all fit its rocket, onboard equip- ment, to check for possible electrical interfer- ence, and to have the astronauts practice getting out of the spacecraft in a hurry during an emer- gency.
Program had done that it had suffered a malfunction. The longest of ing Glenn's job. It succeeded around the Earth. survive and work in plac- It proved in space. demonstrated that humans could safely from space. Achieving each of these goals essential if humans were to go to the Moon. t:; CHAPTER THREE PROJECT GEMINIFILLING THE GAPS Mercury was a stunning success. How- Project ever, United the States needed much more spaceflight experience before astronauts could safely be sent to the NASA Moon.
Apollo and the Moon Landing by Gregory Vogt