“Amiable Strangers”

Three distinct personalities, one goal: reach the moon.


Flight Review


Aldrin, Collins, and Armstrong review their flight plan five days before launch. Aldrin, the lunar module pilot, would normally have occupied the right couch of the command module during launch. Instead, he took the center couch because he had trained for that position as part of the backup crew for Apollo 8. In the interest of time, NASA decided to train Collins, who had been absent recovering from surgery for a neck spur, to occupy the right couch rather than retrain Aldrin.

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