Everyone knows that the history of NASA's Apollo program is packed with glory and high adventure. Apollo 11 was the first mission to put men on the moon, and Apollo 13 got its own blockbuster movie. But do you know the electrifying story of Apollo 12?
Amy Shira Teitel does. As our resident vintage space expert, Amy's forgotten more about trans-lunar injection burns than most people ever learn. To celebrate DNews fourth birthday, Amy looks back at the Apollo 12 lunar mission, which featured a systems crash, some inspired improvisation, and a pair of very troublesome lightning strikes before the craft even reached orbit.
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