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This week in 1967 – Apollo 7

21 Oct 2013, 08:00 UTC
This week in 1967 – Apollo 7
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Apollo 7 lifts off on October 11 1967 apolloarchive.com 46 years ago this week Apollo 7 carried out its successful C-type low Earth orbit mission. It was vital that this mission – essentially a test flight – was a success in order to meet President Kennedy’s timetable for landing astronauts on the Moon before the […]

Apollo 7 lifts off on October 11 1967

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46 years ago this week Apollo 7 carried out its successful C-type low Earth orbit mission. It was vital that this mission – essentially a test flight – was a success in order to meet President Kennedy’s timetable for landing astronauts on the Moon before the end of the ’60s.
Apollo 7 was given the same mission that Apollo 1 had been scheduled to carry out the previous year. A cabin fire which killed the crew of Apollo 1 was a tragedy which left its mark on the Apollo programme. Astronauts were grounded for 20 months while the Apollo Command Module was completely redesigned and passed all new safety tests. Apollo 7′s flight was a complete success and paved the way for the first Moon landing 9 months later.
The 11-day mission was a series ...

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