Everyone’s heard of Apollo 11 and 13, but do you know about other missions in the historic space program?

The Apollo program was the first mission to bring humans to the moon.

The program began in the early 1960s and ran until 1972, during which time 12 astronauts roamed the moon, but two missions usually stand out above the rest. Apollo 11 and Apollo 13.

Apollo 11 remains one of the most famous flights ever since it became the first to successfully land on the moon. Although Apollo 13 did not reach the moon as planned, it still marked a historic flight for the space program.

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As the three crew members were on their way to their destination, Apollo 13’s oxygen tank exploded, potentially ending in disaster.

Although Apollo 13 failed to reach the moon, all three crew members survived the near-tragic event and returned to Earth.

The Apollo 11 crew was the first to land on the moon. (Bettman/Contributor)

Although these two special missions are widely remembered, the entire program was historic.

Below are other outstanding missions that were part of the Apollo program.

  1. Apollo 1
  2. Apollo 7
  3. Apollo 8
  4. Apollo 9
  5. Apollo 10
  6. Apollo 17

1. Apollo 1

The first test flight of the Apollo program ended in tragedy.

On January 27, 1967, Apollo 1 was ready for a launch rehearsal test at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee made up the initial crew of the Apollo program. The three aircraft were launched on February 21 of the same year and were scheduled to orbit the Earth.

During the test, a fire broke out on the launch pad, killing all three astronauts inside. The program was interrupted due to an accident.

2. Apollo 7

Apollo 7 was the first mission to include a crew since Apollo 1.

Apollo 7 crew

Walter “Wally” Schilla, Don Eisele, and Walter “Walt” Cunningham were the first people to reach space during the Apollo program. (Heritage Space/Heritage Images (via Getty Images))

Walter “Wally” Schiller, Don Eisele, and Walter “Walt” Cunningham were aboard Apollo 7, the first mission to reach space and conduct a test orbit around Earth.

Apollo 7 launched on October 11, 1968, and the mission lasted almost 11 days.

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This flight was also historic as it was the first time it was broadcast live on television.

3. Apollo 8

This mission was the first to orbit the moon. This means Apollo 8 took humans further into space than ever before.

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The flight took off on December 21, 1968 and returned to Earth on December 27.

Astronauts Frank Bowman, James “Jim” Lovell, and William “Bill” Anders all took turns reading Genesis aloud live on Christmas Eve while vacationing in space.

apollo 8 spacecraft

Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968. (HUM Images/Universal Images Group, Getty Images)

Anders also captured the famous “Earthrise” photo during this mission.

4. Apollo 9

The main purpose of this mission was to test the first manned lunar module (commonly known as “Spider”) to carry astronauts to the moon’s surface. The Apollo 9 crew was able to perform a series of maneuvers and tests before the astronauts actually went to the moon’s surface.

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James McDivitt, David Scott, and Russell Schweikert were the crew members of this spacecraft, which tested the pivotal spacecraft for the moon landing.

lunar lander

Apollo 9’s primary mission was to test the lunar module in preparation for man’s landing on the moon. (Heritage Space/Heritage Images (via Getty Images))

5. Apollo 10

Apollo 10, like Apollo 11, was a near-complete run-through to the moon’s surface without actually reaching it.

Apollo 10 came within 9 miles of the moon’s surface. The crew took photos and gathered information about the Apollo 11 landing site. This mission he began on May 18, 1969 and ended on May 26. After the success of Apollo 10, Apollo 11 soon followed, taking off just two months later. July 16, 1969.


After this first lunar landing flight, Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 all successfully landed on the moon. During each of these missions, a total of 12 astronauts walked on the moon’s surface and were able to conduct research and collect moon rocks to bring back to Earth.

6. Apollo 17

Apollo 17 was the last of the Apollo program. This mission he conducted from December 7 to 19, 1972.

This crew of Eugene “Gene” Cernan, Harrison “Jack” Schmidt, and Ronald Evans spent the most time on the moon. Cernan and Schmidt were the last humans to walk on the moon.

Astronaut Apollo 17

Apollo 17 was the final mission of all Apollo programs. (HUM Images/Universal Images Group, Getty Images)

No humans have landed on the moon since the Apollo program.

NASA intends to return astronauts to the moon by 2025 with the Artemis program.

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