Flashback Friday – “Apollo 10 The Lunar Module in Lunar Orbit,” 1969 Grumman pamphlet

Here is another item you won’t find anywhere online, on the belief that just as we never know where we may end up, it’s best to upload to the cloud while we can.

[Click picture to Zoom] Front cover of the quad-fold NASA/Grumman pamphlet “Apollo 10 The Lunar Module in Lunar Orbit,” from 1969.

It’s also food for thought when planning test and shakedown missions to the Moon.

As a launch approached, this quad-fold pamphlet “Apollo 10 The Lunar Module in Lunar Orbit” was likely part of a “press kit” given to employees, the public, and the press. This would date the pamphlet to 1969, as Apollo 10 lifted off on May 18, 1969. The most memorable aspect of the mission is the crew came so close but did not land on the Moon. As NASA again looks to the Moon, this Apollo 10 shakedown of everything, minus landing, can add to the conversation.

NASA’s latest Moon plan includes a Starship as a lunar lander, refueled in low Earth orbit, and a Gateway station in lunar orbit. After the crew arrives at the Gateway on an Orion spacecraft (launched by the SLS) a Starship arrives to provide the ride down to the Moon and back. For a shakedown flight, NASA and SpaceX would land a Starship/lander on the Moon, minus a crew, with no requirement (as of yet) to demonstrate the Starship taking off from the lunar surface and returning to the lunar Gateway. If successful, the flight after this shakedown would be the end-to-end crewed lunar mission.

[Click picture to Zoom] Apollo 10 mission objectives and spacecraft description. “The NASA/Grumman Module is a 16-ton, two-stage ferry vehicle designed to fly two of the three Apollo astronauts from lunar orbit to the moon’s surface and back. The LM and the combined Command and Service Modules (CSM) comprise the Apollo spacecraft.”
[Click picture to Zoom] Day 1 to day 6 Apollo 10 mission description.

[Click picture to Zoom] Day 7 and 8 of the Apollo 10 mission. Day 5 practiced everything, including descending to the Moon, but not landing. Two of the three crew moved from the Apollo spacecraft to the lunar module, undocked, and tested out the lander. After jettisoning the lander’s descent stage, the crew in the lunar module returned to the spacecraft in lunar orbit. The empty lunar module was jettisoned, just as would happen in a lunar landing.
[Click picture to Zoom] The Apollo 10 crew, Thomas P. Stafford, John W. Young, and Eugene A. Cernan. Pamphlet from Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, New York, 11714.

Update 10/20/2022: A title change, as it was correctly pointed out this is a “Grumman” pamphlet, not a “NASA” pamphlet.

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