Source: NASA Historical Reference Collection, NASA History Office, NASA.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration today announced an Apollo mission of six flights in 1968 and five in 1969.
NASA Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, Dr. George Mueller, said the new schedule and alternative plans provide a schedule under which a limited number of Apollo command and service modules and lunar landing modules configured for lunar landing may be launched on test flights toward the Moon by the end of the decade.
In the revised Apollo schedule, command, service, and lunar modules will be tested and qualified on concurrent unmanned flights of the Uprated Saturn and Saturn 5 launch vehicles. (Apollo/Uprated Saturn flights are identified with a 200 series number, i.e., Apollo/Saturn 204. Saturn 5 flights are identified with a 500 series number, i.e., Apollo/Saturn 502.)
The schedule for 1968 includes:
These flights will be flown in the above order and as rapidly as all necessary preparations can be completed. As they proceed, all opportunities to accelerate progress toward manned flights and a rapid accumulation of manned experience with the Apollo/Saturn system will be sought.
The 1969 Apollo flight schedule calls for five manned Apollo/Saturn flights, (AS 505 through AS 509) on the Saturn 5 space vehicle. Four of these flights. Apollo/Saturn 505 through 508, are programmed as lunar mission development flights or lunar mission simulations.
It is possible that the lunar landing could be made on the Apollo/Saturn 509 but it is also possible that it may be delayed until one of the remaining six Saturn 5 flights.
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Updated October 22, 2004