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Published on Oct 27, 2018
NASA's first disaster was a matter of poor design. After a 20-month engineering overhaul and three unmanned missions, Apollo 7 finally took the program to space. And the astronauts gave Earthlings a real-time look of life in orbit.
Read More: How the Apollo 1 Fire Changed Spaceship Design Forever https://www.space.com/14379-apollo1-f... “NASA's first major disaster, the Apollo 1 fire that killed three astronauts... marked a dark day for the space agency. But it also marked the beginning of NASA's continual process of learning from its own mistakes.”
What Happened to Apollos 2 and 3? https://www.popsci.com/blog-network/v... “On April 24, 1967, NASA’s Office of Manned Spaceflight announced that AS-204 would officially be recorded as Apollo 1. AS-201, AS-202, and AS-203 wouldn’t be renumbered in the Apollo series, but subsequent missions would be named beginning with Apollo 4.”
Apollo 7 Launched as Race to Moon Reached Final Stretch https://www.nasa.gov/feature/apollo-7... “The 11-day flight took place as the race to the Moon was heating up between the United States and the Soviet Union. A month earlier, the Soviets launched the unpiloted Zond 5, a simplified version of their Soyuz spacecraft designed for cosmonauts. The capsule became the first to circle around the Moon and return safely to Earth.”
The path to the moon traced a dangerous line of risk and reward. In a race against time, the Apollo Program challenged our scientific capabilities and redefined the boundaries of humanity. To celebrate NASA’s 60 years of exploration, Seeker is going back in time to relive each Apollo mission, taking viewers on a ride to an entirely new world.
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