Apollo 10 – Space Patches
The Apollo 10 light successfully demonstrated rendezvous in lunar orbit. Successfully tested the Lunar Module Descent Stage engine in the lunar landing mission configuration and environment. Evaluated LM steerable antenna at lunar distances. The Lunar Module was flown within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface. Landing radar was tested at lunar distances. Westinghouse color TV camera tested in flight, making a 29-minute color TV transmission back to Earth of the lunar surface. Six additional transmissions were made on the return flight to Earth. The LM Descent Stage was jettisoned and rendezvous with the CSM was accomplished. After jettisoning the LM Ascent Stage, the CSM fired its engine and returned to Earth. Splashdown occurred on May 26 in mid-Pacific after a flight lasting 192 hours, three minutes (eight days, three minutes).
Apollo 10 Launch Date: May 18, 1969, 12:49 PM EDT Launch Vehicle: Saturn V