Thursday, May 18, 2017
Apollo 10 launches 1969
Apollo 10, the fourth manned mission in the Apollo program and the second to travel to the moon (Apollo 8 was the first), launched May 18, 1969. The mission was a "dress rehearsal" for an actual landing on the moon by Apollo 11, two months later.
On board were Commander Thomas P. Stafford (from Oklahoma!), Command Module Pilot John W. Young, and Lunar Module Pilot Eugene A. Cernan. The Command Module was given the nickname Charlie Brown and the Lunar Module was dubbed Snoopy.
During the descent stage in the Lunar Module (Snoopy), the craft began to roll because Stafford and Cernan made duplicate commands in the computer. Snoopy rolled over eight times before they brought it under control, just 2 seconds before crashing onto the moon's surface.
Also, the crew of Apollo 10 reported hearing strange music on the far side of the moon. Some suggested aliens but most likely, it was interference between the lunar and command (Charlie Brown) modules.