Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC
landing east of Samoa Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Apollo 10 was the
final dress rehearsal for the moon landing
and the second manned lunar
orbital mission, but first lunar orbital mission with the complete spacecraft
(including the lunar module).
Shortly after leaving the low Earth
orbit, the command/service module separated from the S-IVB stage, turned
around, and docked its nose to the top of the lunar module still nestled in the
stack then separated from the S-IVB for the trip to
On May 22, 1969 the spacecraft were separated. Spacecraft and
, named Snoopy, with Thomas
onboard was inserted into a descent orbit, John
remained alone in his command module "Charlie Brown". The
was taken within 15,243 km of the lunar
, checking out the
s radar and ascent engine and several more. The
lunar module returned to dock successfully with the
following the eight hour separation, and the
crew returned to the
ascent stage was jettisoned. During leaving the
moon orbit the LM began to reel
because of technical problems
(incorrect switch setting was the reason). 31 lunar orbits were performed.
Apollo 10 also added another first - broadcasting live color TV from space (19
different broadcasts were performed).
The splashdown was 5,4 kilometers
from the recovery ship