Project Apollo began under various names — the first title from a committee meeting in April 1959 called it a Manned Lunar Landing Program, and one cumbersome title was Manned Lunar Landing Involving Rendezvous. Abe Silverstein, Director of Space Flight Programs at NASA Headquarters, looked around for a programme name, but nothing came up that appealed, so in January 1960 he consulted a book of mythology. He said, “I thought the image of the God Apollo riding his chariot across the Sun gave the best representation of the grand scale of the proposed programme, so I chose it.” Nobody objected and Hugh Dryden, the Deputy Administrator of NASA publicly announced it on 28 July 1960.
KeywordsLunar Surface Tracking Station Service Module Lunar Orbit Mission Control
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