The Hardships of Apollo 5

By Kelly Park

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The relay of delays. Cause? The Lunar Module.

The Apollo 5, also known as AS-204, was originally scheduled to launch in April of 1967. These delays were caused by the Lunar Module, a small craft used for traveling between the moon’s surface and an orbiting spacecraft. There was trouble with fabricating the Lunar Module, and the both the ascent and descent engines were not running smoothly. On June 23, 1967, the Lunar Module was finally sent to the Cape, and the launch was set for November 19.

Once again, on December 17, the Lunar Module was not able to get launched. A window in Lunar Module 5 was shattered, and a decision was made to replace the windows in Lunar Module 1 on December 28, 1967.

On January 22 of 1968, Apollo 5 was finally took off, becoming the first unmanned flight to the moon.

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