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Apollo Program Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: The goal of NASA's Apollo program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth. Six of the missions achieved this goal:

Accomplishments: The Apollo program remains one of humanity's greatest achievements. The missions returned a wealth of scientific data, established humanity's ability to live and work in space and collected 382 kilograms (842 pounds) of lunar rocks. The program also produced countless technological spinoffs, ranging from cordless tools to firefighter breathing systems.


Key Dates
20 Jul 1969 - 21 Jul 1969:  Apollo 11
19 Nov 1969 - 20 Nov 1969:  Apollo 12
5 Feb 1971 - 6 Feb 1971:  Apollo 14
30 Jul 1971 - 2 Aug 1971:  Apollo 15
21 Apr 1972 - 24 Apr 1972:  Apollo 16
11 Dec 1972 - 14 Dec 1972:  Apollo 17
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Apollo Facts Neil Armstrong (right) was 38 years old when he became the first human to walk on the Moon.

Twenty unmanned Saturn rocket tests preceded the moon launches.

Apollo spacecraft had three parts: the command module, the service module and the lunar module.

Neil Armstrong (right) was the first of 12 Americans who walked on the Moon between 1969 and 1972.

Three Apollo astronauts died in a fire during a launch pad test in 1967. They were Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

The Apollo 12 crew are the only human beings to visit a robotic spacecraft beyond Earth. They visited Surveyor 3 on the Moon in 1969.
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