Posted by: Chris Kretz | May 18, 2009

In the World: Apollo 10

Sunday, May 18, 1969

Apollo 10 on the launch pad. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Apollo 10 on the launch pad. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Apollo 10 blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on a final dry run of NASA’s lunar landing. Commander Thomas Stafford was accompanied by John Young and Eugene Cernan.

The lunar module, containing Stafford and Cernan, orbited the Moon but did not land.

For this mission, the lunar module was known by the callsign Snoopy while the command module went by Charlie Brown.

Apollo 10 command module (Charlie Brown) in lunar orbit. Image courtesy of NASA.

Apollo 10 command module ("Charlie Brown") in lunar orbit. Image courtesy of NASA.

The crew returned to Earth on May 26.

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