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50 years ago: Apollo 10 takes an unplanned spin above the lunar surface – and sh!t gets sweary

Saruman the White

I always thought that this was some controller's idea of being clever. NASA had a very thoroughly thought-out plan for getting to the moon, based on the idea of a set of incremental stages, each of which would test one part of the incredibly complex mission at a time. So Apollo 9 was tasked with simply going to the moon and coming back, Apollo 10 would actually perform everything but actually arrive at the surface, while Apollo 11 would actually touch down. Because of this the Lunar Lander carried by Apollo 10 was not capable of landing and taking off - it didn't have some essential equipment fitted (this was still being integrated back on Earth) and by no means had enough fuel to reach lunar orbit from the surface.

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