Correction: Mixing Up Apollo Missions

Scott Simon makes an abject apology for mixing up the Apollo 10 and Apollo 11 space missions.

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I made a historic mistake last week. In our In Character Portrait of Charlie Brown, I said that the Apollo 10 Astronauts had named their Command Module Charlie Brown and the Lunar Rover Snoopy, and suggesting it was telling that Charlie got to orbit the moon, but Snoopy actually landed there.

LUCY (From Charlie Brown): Oh good grief.

SIMON: I was wrong. The Apollo 10 mission never landed on the moon and Snoopy wasn't a rover, though that would have been apt for a dog. It was a lunar orbital mission intended to see if the Lunar Module, Snoopy, so nicknamed by astronauts Cernan, Stafford, and Young for its two large panels that looked like a dog's ears could pull away from the Command Module, Charlie Brown, maneuver and return. It did. But it was the next mission, Apollo 11 that first landed on the moon. Scores of people wrote to correct me. I apologize for the mistake. By the way, Charlie Brown is on display today at London Science Museum. And Snoopy is still in orbit somewhere in the solar system.

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