Planning for the Moon
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Being an astronaut isn’t easy: grueling physical training, punishing mental workouts, willpower pushed to the limits. Plus, of course, the risks — there’s no guarantee of a safe return. “If you want to get in this business,” says Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell, “you better be optimistic.” The 32 men assigned to fly in the Apollo program faced unprecedented challenges, but they also got to do something no one else has ever done. We spoke to some of them to find out what it was like.

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Walter Cunningham: ‘You've got to be willing to stick your neck out’

Apollo 7 still ranks as the longest and most successful first test flight of any flying machine.

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Jim Lovell: The historic flight of Apollo 8

Apollo 8 command module pilot Jim Lovell recounts the epic voyage of humanity's first trip around the Moon.

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James McDivitt: 10 days in orbit

Apollo 9 served as an engineering test, a hardware demonstration, and a vital stepping stone on the road to the Moon.

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Russell ‘Rusty’ Schweickart: ‘They're just wonderful moments’

The Apollo 9 lunar module pilot relives the challenges and triumphs when humans tested their spacecraft in Earth orbit.

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Reaching For The Stars, Grounded In Tradition

As a space-grant institution, Texas A&M University is contributing research and talent to support NASA's missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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