The Hardships of Apollo 5

By Kelly Park

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Many might question themselves, what was the cause of the relay of delays?

Well, the Lunar Module caused the relay of delays. The Lunar Module was a small craft used for traveling between the moon’s surface and an orbiting spacecraft. This was one of the two spacecrafts used for the United States Apollo program which landed astronauts on the moon. It was built for NASA by North American Aviation. However, there was trouble with fabricating the Lunar Module, and both the ascent and descent engines were not running smoothly. On June 23, 1967, the Lunar Module was finally sent to the Cape (Kennedy Space Center), and the launch was set for November 19.

Once again, on December 17, the Lunar Module was not able to launch. 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. The Apollo 5, also known as AS-204, was originally scheduled to launch in April of 1967. On January 22 of 1968, Apollo 5 finally took off, becoming the first unmanned flight to the moon.

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