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    Default Apollo 10 - Dress Rehearsal for Lunar Landing!



    Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan came so close (within 50K feet) in this rehearsal for the July Lunar landing: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/50-year...t-moon-landing.

    - The Apollo 10 mission encompassed all aspects of an actual crewed lunar landing, except the landing

    - It was the first flight of a complete, crewed Apollo spacecraft to operate around the Moon (Apollo 8 did not include the LM)

    - Objectives included:
    - Scheduled eight-hour lunar orbit of the separated lunar module, or LM, and descent to about nine miles off the moon's surface before ascending for rendezvous and docking with the command module
    - Pertinent data to be gathered in this landing rehearsal dealt with the gravitational effect in order to check out LM programmed trajectories and radar, and lunar flight control systems

    Up Next: Apollo 11!!

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