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The Dress Rehearsal

IMAGE: Apollo 10 Crew

MissionApollo X
CrewEugene Cernan
John Young
Thomas Stafford
Lift OffSaturn V
May 18, 1969
12:49 a.m. EDT
KSC, Florida
Complex 39-B
May 26, 1969
12:52 p.m. EDT
Pacific Ocean
Duration8 days, 0 hours,
3 min., 23 seconds

IMAGE: Apollo 40th anniversary

IMAGE: The Apollo 10 Mission

This spacecraft was the second Apollo mission to orbit the Moon, and the first to travel to the Moon with the full Apollo spacecraft, consisting of the Command and Service Module, named "Charlie Brown," and the Lunar Module, named "Snoopy." The primary objectives of the mission were to demonstrate crew, space vehicle and mission support facilities during a human lunar mission and to evaluate Lunar Module performance in cislunar and lunar environment. The mission was a full "dry run" for the Apollo 11 mission, in which all operations except the actual lunar landing were performed.

On May 22, Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan entered the Lunar Module and fired the Service Module reaction control thrusters to separate the Lunar Module from the Command Module. The Lunar Module was put into an orbit to allow low-altitude passes over the lunar surface, the closest approach bringing it to within 8.9 kilometers (5.5 miles) of the Moon. All systems on the Lunar Module were tested during the separation including communications, propulsion, attitude control and radar. The Lunar Module and Command Module rendezvous and redocking occurred 8 hours after separation on May 23. Thirty-one lunar orbits were achieved.

All systems on both spacecraft functioned nominally, the only exception being an anomaly in the automatic abort guidance system aboard the Lunar Module. In addition to extensive photography of the lunar surface from both the Lunar Module and Command Module, television images were taken and transmitted to Earth. The Apollo 10 Command Module "Charlie Brown" is on display at the Science Museum, London, England.

The Missions

Crew Patch
IMAGE: Apollo 10 crew patch
Related Links
* 40th Anniversary
*KSC Apollo 10 Site
*Apollo 10 Mission Gallery

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 07/02/2009
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