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Introduction: In summary, this is a alt-history scenario where the Apollo program didn't lose any public attention leading to it's demise, and managed to live long enough to go beyond to moon. Apollo 10 Apollo-10 Sitting on LC-39A, May 18th 1969, Crew are Eugene Cernan, Tom Stafford & John Young. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ,5 ,4, Ignition. 3, 2 ,1. Liftoff & Tower Cleared of Apollo-10. Roll Program Complete. S-IC Separation. S-II Separation. Apollo-10 Getting ready for TLI. Trans Lunar Injection Burn. Lunar Approach. Lunar Capture Burn. "Snoopy" Getting ready for descent burn. I Image Taken by Eugene Cernarn. Image Taken by CSM Pilot John Young Snoopy is disposed off. Time to go home. Re-entry. Drogue Chute's Deployed. Main Chute's Deployed. Splashdown of Apollo-10. That Concludes Apollo-10, Apollo-11 Should be posted soon.
From Ground To Sky By SixAndAHalfMen From Ground To Sky Is an Alternate History verging after the Apollo 17 Mission. Instead of the apollo program ending and skylab starting with George McGovern winning the 1972 election and shortly later increasing NASA's budget. After NASA's sizeable budget increase, the main objective is to put a sustained human presence on the moon. which brings us to... 1973 WIP
This weirdo scored 6.9 while the Apollo CSM we know and love scored 6.6, and it took pressure of NASA’s two Korolev-class heavyweights, Max Faget and James Webb, to lobby for the iconic design. This thing was weird (and still is, in our age of capsule resurgence) for a bunch of reasons. The RV is flattened and asymmetrical to work as a full-on lifting body with a flap system for controlled descent, while a classic LES mast is retained. However, while it’s not shrunken significantly compared with the final CM, it features something that’s more familiar from the Soyuz - a dedicated non-returning habitat (“mission module”) for double the volume and an easier surface egress, seeing as it was designed with Direct Ascent as one of the two options. Like the Soyuz, I can’t see an entry hatch directly on the RV. Plus, since the capsule is a lifting body and the heat shield is on one flank, the habitat could easily be co-located with the service module, eliminating one of Soyuz’s huge problems, which would be exacerbated for an American design given the stubborn dislike of fairings on manned ships. The layout evokes the TKS and certain variants of Blue Gemini/MOL/KH-9, were it not for the unconventional heat shield location. Finally, the engine design is optimistically a hydrolox package using the predecessor of the RL-10. The tank layout is also strikingly similar to a design from the wrong side of the Curtain: the donut hydrogen tank is near-identical to the donut kerosene tank from L3’s Block D, and would have possibly acquired a similar skew down the line to guide the propellant towards the intake. The different propellant pairs do make themselves noticed, however, as the corresponding oxidizer tank on Block D is a whole lot bigger in relative terms. @kerbiloid, I know you love all things TKS.