“Amiable Strangers”

Three distinct personalities, one goal: reach the moon.




Armstrong examines the rotor on a helicopter two days before the launch of Apollo 11, possibly in preparation for a final training flight. Armstrong has said that helicopters didn’t provide as useful a simulation for the lunar lander as did the more dangerous lunar landing training vehicle (LLTV), from which he ejected 14 months before his lunar mission. But helicopters did allow the astronauts to fly trajectories similar to those they would fly above the moon.

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