"ONE GIANT LEAP"

May 5, 1961

Credit: NASA

Alan Bartlett Shepard became the first American to travel into space (and he would later become the 5th man to walk on the Moon in 1971.)

May 5, 1961

September 12, 1961

Credit: NASA

President John F. Kennedy's famous "We choose to go to the Moon" speech at Rice University where he proposed a manned lunar program by the end of the decade.

September 12, 1961

January 27, 1967

Apollo 1

Three U.S. astronauts, Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, tragically died during a preflight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission. (Source: http://airandspace.si.edu/)

January 27, 1967

October 11 - 21, 1968

Apollo 7

Apollo 7 launched and was the first manned test of the Command and Service Module. The crew orbited the Earth 163 times and spent 10 days and 20 hours in space. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

October 11 - 21, 1968

December 21 - 27, 1968

Apollo 8

The first mission to take humans to the Moon and back. An important prelude to actually landing on the Moon was testing the flight trajectory and operations for getting there and back. Apollo 8 was the first manned mission launched on the Saturn V, first pictures taken by humans of the Earth from deep space, and first live TV coverage of the lunar surface. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

December 21 - 27, 1968

March 3 - 13 1969

Apollo 9

The first manned flight of all Apollo lunar hardware in Earth orbit and first manned flight of the lunar module. Lunar module pilot Russel L. Schweickart performed a 37 minute EVA. Human reactions to space and weightlessness were tested in 152 orbits. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

March 3 - 13 1969

May 18 - 26, 1969

Apollo 10

Man's Nearest Lunar Approach
The Apollo 10 mission was a complete staging of the Apollo 11 mission without actually landing on the Moon. The mission was the second to orbit the Moon and the first to travel to the Moon with the entire Apollo spacecraft configuration. Astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan descended inside the Lunar Module to within 14 kilometers of the lunar surface achieving the closest approach to the Moon before Apollo 11 landed two months later. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

May 18 - 26, 1969

July 16 - 24, 1969

Apollo 11

The first manned mission to land on the Moon.
The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission - to perform a manned lunar landing and return the mission safely to Earth - and paved the way for the Apollo lunar landing missions to follow. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

July 16 - 24, 1969

November 14 - 24, 1969

Apollo 12

The second manned mission to land on the Moon was planned and executed as a precision landing. The astronauts landed the Lunar Module within walking distance of the Surveyor III spacecraft which had landed on the Moon in April of 1967. The astronauts brought instruments from Surveyor III back to Earth to examine the effects of long-term exposure to the lunar environment. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

November 14 - 24, 1969

April 11 - 17, 1970

Apollo 13

"Houston, we have a problem"
Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the Moon. An explosion in one of the oxygen tanks crippled the spacecraft during flight and the crew were forced to orbit the Moon and return to the Earth without landing. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

April 11 - 17, 1970

January 31 - February 9, 1971

Apollo 14

The third manned lunar landing landed in the Fra Mauro region, the intended landing site of the aborted Apollo 13 mission. The astronauts used the Modularized Equipment Transporter (MET) to haul equipment during two EVAs (later missions would use the Lunar Roving Vehicle). They collected samples, took photographs, and the nearby Cone crater. One of the more famous moments came at the end of the second EVA when Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the Moon. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

January 31 - February 9, 1971

July 26 - August 2, 1971

Apollo 15

Exploration of Hadley-Apennine Region
Apollo 15 was the fourth mission to land men on the Moon. This mission was the first flight of the Lunar Roving Vehicle which astronauts used to explore the geology of the Hadley Rille/Apennine region. The LRV allowed Apollo 15, 16 and 17 astronauts to venture further from the Lunar Module than in previous missions. Total surface traverses increased from hundreds of meters during earlier missions to tens of kilometers during Apollo 15 and 16 and just over 100 kilometers during Apollo 17. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

July 26 - August 2, 1971

April 16 - 27, 1972

Apollo 16

Landing in the Descartes Highlands
The fifth mission to land men on the Moon and return them to Earth. It was also the second flight of the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Apollo 16 landed in a highlands area, a region not yet explored on the Moon. Astronauts collected samples, took photographs and conducted experiments that included the first use of an ultraviolet camera/spectrograph on the Moon. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

April 16 - 27, 1972

December 7 -14, 1972

Apollo 17

The last Apollo mission to land men on the Moon.
It carried the only trained geologist to walk on the lunar surface, lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt. Compared to previous Apollo missions, Apollo 17 astronauts traversed the greatest distance using the Lunar Roving Vehicle and returned the greatest amount of rock and soil samples. Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, still holds the distinction of being the last man to walk on the Moon, as no humans have visited the Moon since December 14, 1972. (Source: airandspace.si.edu)

December 7 -14, 1972

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APOLLO 11 - The Immersive Live Show launches its North American Tour in Los Angeles, CA

July 5th, 2019