Encyclopedia Astronautica
1968.04.27 - Preparation of third Saturn V for an Apollo manned mission


NASA Administrator James E. Webb approved plans to proceed with preparation of the third Saturn V space vehicle for a manned mission in the fourth quarter of 1968.

The planned mission was to follow the unmanned November 9, 1967, Apollo 4 and April 4, 1968, Apollo 6 flights, launched on the first two Saturn V vehicles. NASA kept the option of flying another unmanned mission if further analysis and testing indicated that was the best course. Engineers had been working around the clock to determine causes of and solutions to problems met on the Apollo 6 flight.

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