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The Apollo Program

Apollo Program emblem

The goals of the Apollo Program included:

Establishing the technology to meet other national interests in space.

Achieving preeminence in space for the United States.

Carrying out a program of scientific exploration of the Moon.

Developing man's capability to work in the lunar environment.


Mission Dates Crew Notes
Apollo I January 27, 1967 Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom;
Edward H. White;
Roger B. Chaffee
What was supposed to be a pre-flight test for the first crewed flight of Apollo (scheduled for launch on February 21) turned into tragedy when a fire broke out in the command module. All three astronauts were killed.
Apollo IV November 9, 1967 unmanned The first flight of the Apollo-Saturn vehicle since the Apollo I tragedy.
Apollo V January 22, 1968 unmanned  
Apollo VI April 4, 1968 unmanned  
Apollo VII October 11-22, 1968 Walter Schirra;
R. Walter Cunningham;
Donn F. Eisele
The first crewed Apollo flight.
Apollo VIII December 21-27, 1968 James Lovell, Jr.;
William Anders;
Frank Borman
The first crewed Apollo mission to orbit the Moon.
Apollo IX March 3-13, 1969 James McDivitt;
David R. Scott;
Russell Schweickart
The first crewed Lunar Module test.
Apollo X May 18-26, 1969 Thomas Stafford
John Young;
Eugene Cernan
The first flight of a complete, crewed Apollo spacecraft to orbit the Moon.
Apollo XI July 16-24, 1969 Neil Armstrong;
Michael Collins
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
Landed at the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon on July 20.
Apollo XII November 14-24, 1969 Charles Conrad, Jr.;
Alan L. Bean;
Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
Landed at the Ocean of Storms on the Moon on November 19.
Apollo XIII April 11-17, 1970 James A. Lovell, Jr.
Fred W. Haise, Jr.
John L. Swigert, Jr.
A malfunction caused the cancellation of the moon landing and an emergency return to Earth.
Apollo XIV January 31-February 9, 1971 Alan B. Shepard, Jr.;
Stuart A. Roosa
EdgarD. Mitchell
Landed at Fra Mauro on the Moon on February 5.
Apollo XV July 26-August 7, 1971 David R. Scott;
James B. Irwin;
Alfred M. Worden
Landed at Hadley Rille on the Moon on July 30.
Apollo XVI April 16-27, 1972 John W.Young;
Charles M. Duke, Jr.;
Thomas K.Mattingly II
Landed at Descartes on the Moon on April 20.
Apollo XVII December 7-19, 1972 Eugene A. Cernan;
Harrison H. Schmitt;
Ronald E. Evans
Landed at Taurus-Littrow on the Moon on December 11. The last manned mission to the Moon.

See Also

The Apollo Space Flight Vehicle
The Apollo Command Module
The Apollo Lunar Module
Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom
Edward H. White
Roger B. Chaffee
Frank Borman
James McDivitt
David R. Scott
Russell Schweickart
Thomas Stafford
John Young
Eugene Cernan
Neil Armstrong
Michael Collins
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
Charles Conrad, Jr.
Alan L. Bean
Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
Charles M. Duke, Jr.

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