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We explore the dramatic story of NASA’s Apollo Program, beginning with President Kennedy’s ambitious deadline for a lunar landing in response to Soviet success with Sputnik and cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin. After groundbreaking success with the Mercury and Gemini missions, NASA was rocked by the Apollo 1 disaster, in which three crew members were killed in an accidental fire. But NASA recovered, overhauling its designs and methods, to achieve a successful manned launch with Apollo 7. Apollo 8, the first mission to ride the mighty Saturn V rocket, was also a complete success, culminating in the first manned orbit of the moon. But before a moon landing could be attempted, NASA needed to test the world’s first true ‘spacecraft’ – the Lunar Module, as well as identify what risks the moon’s unexpected ‘mascons’ posed to future Apollo missions. But in 1969, everything was in place for the Apollo Program to make history, with the first lunar landing attempt – a mission which would test the skills of crew-members Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins to their limit.
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