Apollo 10 Almost Crashed Into the Moon | Apollo





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Published on Nov 10, 2018

The missions before the lunar landing were designed to test out some of the most difficult manoeuvres of the Apollo Program. During Apollo 10, the Lunar Module experienced a malfunction that left the astronauts spinning out of control.

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