The fourth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program, and the second to orbit the Moon. Apollo 10 launched from Cape Kennedy on May 18, 1969, into a nominal 115-mile circular Earth-parking orbit at an inclination of 32.5 degrees.

Apollo 10 Command module at London’s Science Museum / Image: twitter.com/astro_DonThomas

The crew members were Commander Thomas Stafford, Command Module Pilot John Young and Lunar Module Pilot Eugene Cernan. The Apollo 10 mission encompassed all aspects of an actual crewed lunar landing, except the landing. It was the first flight of a complete, crewed Apollo spacecraft to operate around the Moon.

Apollo 10 command module recovery by a SH-3D of HS-4 from USS Princeton 

                                           ▶  Apollo 10 – Coverage of Splashdown and Recovery

                                           Featured Image: Apollo 10 before splashdown in Ocean east of American Samoa / Image: nasa.gov

                                                                                    Websites: sciencemuseum.org.uk, nasa.gov



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