AS-201


The first mission of the Apollo program was AS-201, with "AS" standing for Apollo-Saturn. This was the first of the six unmanned flights NASA performed in preparation for space exploration. This test flight launched on February 26 of 1966 and landed back on Earth that same day. The main goal of this launch was to test much of the constantly changing equipment that NASA was using, most notably the Saturn-I rocket launcher, as well as many tests on the Command Module and its safety of protecting humans. The takeoff failed initially, but after months of daily the rocket successfully took off 425 km's into the air, before falling into the ocean merely 37 minutes after launch. Their were numerous problems with this rocket as its engine had only ran for 80 seconds due to bad wiring.



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