The Apollo Lunar Module was the first true spacecraft, designed to land men on the moon.  It was incapable of flight in the Earth's atmosphere, unlike the capsules of Mercury, Gemini and the Apollo Command Module, or the later space shuttle.  This lecture explains the difficult development history of the Apollo LM. Its testing and evaluation in space before the highly successful Apollo 11 landing on the moon.  The LM story also includes details of the experiences from the other Apollo missions including the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, and how the LM design was evaluated for use in a wide range of other, subsequently unfunded and/or cancelled missions.  Dave also tells the story of the Soviets unsuccessful attempts at providing a competitor to the Apollo LM that was intended to and cosmonauts on the Moon before Apollo.
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