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SPLASHDOWN 1972 – On December 19, 1972, the Apollo 17 spacecraft reentered Earth’s atmosphere and landed safely in the Pacific Ocean 6.4 kilometers (4.0 mi) from the recovery ship, the USS Ticonderoga. Astronauts Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Jack Schmitt were then retrieved by helicopter and on board the recovery ship 52 minutes after splashdown. (NASA

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An icon of the majestic Saturn V rocket at Cape Kennedy during the 1960s & 70s. #saturnv #rocket #nasa #astronaut #moonlanding

Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

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Moonwalks - The Men Who Walked on the Moon (Part 1)

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January 10, 1962: Apollo program: NASA announces plans to build the C-5 rocket launch vehicle. It became better known as the Saturn V Moon rocket, which launched every Apollo Moon mission.

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Jan. 27, 1967. A flash fire aboard the spacecraft Apollo I kills astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee.

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Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the first flight of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM). Its three-person crew, consisting of Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, tested several aspects critical to landing on the Moon, including the LM engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, and docking maneuvers.

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