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Apollo 10 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Demonstrate the capabilities of astronauts, space vehicle, and mission-support facilities during a lunar mission and to evaluate lunar-module performance in the lunar environment. The mission was a full "dry run" for the Apollo 11 mission, in which all operations except the actual lunar landing were performed.

Commander: Thomas P. Stafford
Command module (Charlie Brown) pilot: John W. Young
Lunar module (Snoopy) pilot: Eugene A. Cernan

Accomplishments: All primary objectives were achieved. Apollo 10 conducted a full dress rehearsal for the upcoming Apollo 11 lunar-landing mission. In addition, the mission enabled the Manned Space Flight Network to provide a more accurate description of the irregular lunar gravitational field by tracking the spacecraft as it orbited the moon.

Key Dates
18 May 1969:  Launch
21 May 1969:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
24 May 1969:  Lunar Departure
26 May 1969:  Recovery on Earth
26 May 1969:  End of Lunar Mission
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Apollo 10 Facts Apollo 10 was the second crewed mission to the moon.

This was the first lunar mission to include a lunar-landing module.

The command and lunar modules were named after characters in the comic strip, "Peanuts."
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