Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on TwitterThe Apollo program is mostly known for its manned mission to the Moon. In truth, those mission constituted a minority of the mission within the program. There were several unmanned Apollo missions as well as a few missions that orbited the Earth only. All of the missions that led up to the first lunar landing accomplished a great deal testing and uncovered a few design flaws that were corrected and led to the success of the majority of the Apollo missions.
To help you understand the significance of the unmanned Apollo missions we have assembled a page full of links to articles that we have here on Universe Today. Each of those article contains links to information from source like NASA and other authority sites across the internet. Just jumping into a series of links can be a bit boring if you do not know what you might find in there, so here are a few interesting facts about the unmanned Apollo missions.
There were originally 20 Apollo missions planned, but the program actually encompassed a total of 33 manned and unmanned missions(including rocket tests, etc.).
Apollo 204 was retroactively named Apollo 1 after a fire took the lives of the three astronauts inside the command module. The next two missions were scrapped in order to correct design flaws with the goal of preventing additional deaths in the future.
Most people know who was the first man to set foot on the Moon, but do you know the name of the last man to every leave the lunar surface?
The developments and design improvements made based information gathered during the unmanned Apollo missions led to the safe return of the Apollo 13 astronauts even after the failure of critical systems during their flight.
There is a great deal more information in the links below about the unmanned Apollo missions. Hopefully, you can find everything that you need in the articles or by following the linked material within them and, as always, enjoy your research.