This view of the damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) was photographed from the Command Module (CM) just after the CM/SM separation prior to Earth re-entry.
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| Apollo Mission
It was a lunar program developed in answer to the challenge of Former President John F. Kennedy, who, called for the United States to land an astronaut on the Moon by the end of the 1960ıs.
Drawing form the experience and knowledge from the Mercury and Gemini projects, NASA undertook a series of spaceflights that accomplished the programıs goal with the Apollo 11 mission of July 1969. Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon, marking the occasion with his now-famous comment " Thatıs one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", which was televised live to the millions watching on Earth. He was also the test pilot in 1960 for the NASAıs X-15 rocket plane and Commander of Gemini VIII.
This program was continued until 1972 with the final Apollo 17 mission.
| Highlights of the Apollo Mission
Apollo 1 (January 27, 1967)
The first mission came to a tragic end on the launchpad when the capsule caught fire during a countdown test, killing astronauts Grissorn, White and Chaffee.
Apollo 8 (December 21-27,1968)
Astronauts Bornamn, Lovell and Anders became the first humans to orbit the moon and the first to view the far side of the moon. This mission transmitted television images of the lunar surface back to earth.
Apollo 11 (July 16-24,1969)
A historic mission conducted by astronauts Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin, descending in the lunar module Eagle, landed on the Sea of Tranquility and became the first human to walk on the moon. They returned to Earth bearing the first lunar soil and rocks.
Apollo 13 (April 11-17, 1970)
On the way to a third lunar landing, an explosion in the service module forced astronauts Lovell, Swigert and Haise to make an emergency return to Earth, using lunar module Aquarius as a lifeboat.
Apollo 15 (July 26- August 7, 1972)
This mission with astronauts Scott, Worden, and Irwin was the first to use the lunar rover and the first to explore lunar rills and mountains, in Hadley-Apennine region.
Apollo 17 (December 7-19,1972)
The sixth and final piloted lunar landing. Cernan and Schmitt explored the moon for 22hours before rejoining Evans in the command module and returning to Earth. It was the longest Apollo mission (301 hours) and the longest time spent on moon (75 hours).