The Apollo programme is arguably the crowning glory of NASA’s manned space flight activities. From the seven missions sent to the Moon, six of them were successful.
As Gene Kranz describes in his brilliant book ‘Failure Is Not an Option’ times were not without risk. The Apollo 1 crew died on the pad in what should have been a routine test, and the Apollo 13 crew barely made it back.
At all times the crews on the Moon relied on one engine that would lift them off from the lunar surface, and a secondary engine which would break them out of lunar orbit. It is hard to imagine that NASA would take similar risks today.
Apart from the astronauts themselves, who were the public face of these Continue reading