As Apollo missions go it had been an
uneventful flight. The mission's accomplishments were ticking off the flight
plan like seconds on a well tuned clock.
Apollo 10, the second lunar voyage, was that "in between" flight that the public seems to forget due to the accomplishment of Apollo 8 in first reaching the Moon and Man's first landing on another world during Apollo 11. Even so, this flight was groundbreaking in that this was the first time the lunar module (LM) would be used in lunar orbit. The LM, as the craft would be nicknamed, would take Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan to within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface. That close approach would mimic every operational objective of a landing with the exception of the final descent.