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Moon landing, Timestream

A moon landing, made possible by the Apollo program

The Apollo program was a series of space missions conducted by the Earth's United States of America during the latter half of the 20th century. The Apollo missions were conducted with several manned and unmanned Apollo spacecraft, including several astronauts, and would lead to man's eventual, and subsequent landings on the moon.

Two partial diagrams of the Apollo mission profile were scanned by the Talosians as they reviewed the library computer files on board USS Enterprise in 2254.

One of the two diagrams depicted the both launch of the Apollo spacecraft and included the initial maneuvering (and repositioning) of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM), as well as the return of the Command/Service Module to Earth's orbit, concluding with the Command Module's landing on Earth.

The second diagram depicted the arrival of the CSM/LM to the moon, followed with the landing of the Lunar Module on the moon's surface. (TOS: "The Cage" remastered)

Missing from the mission profile (shown at right) was a third section detailing the return of the LM's crew to the CSM, and the portion of the return trip to Earth. A composite image of the entire Apollo mission profile can be found here.

When James T. Kirk argued in favor of having Sargon and his companions take over the bodies of the crew, in 2269, and emphasized the benefits that it might possibly have on mankind, he explained, "they used to say if man could fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon or that we hadn't gone on to Mars or the nearest star?" (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow")

In the 2140s, a number of mission patches and insignia from the Apollo missions were displayed in the 602 Club, including those from Apollo 1, Apollo 7, and Apollo 8. (ENT: "First Flight")

Apollo program personnelEdit

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CharybdisMissionPatch

Apollo 17 mission patch (bottom)

Starfleet Academy's motto, "Ex Astris, Scientia", is based the Apollo 13 motto, "Ex Luna, Scientia". The Academy motto, which had first appeared in "The First Duty", had a grammatical error, and had initially read "Ex Astra, Scientia" before being subsequently corrected.

The original version of Colonel Stephen G. Richey's Charybdis mission patch was actually an Apollo 17 patch, bearing the names of that mission's astronauts, Cernan, Evans, and Schmitt. A slight change was made the to original mission patch, the letters "Apollo" were removed, however, the Roman numerals "XVII" were still present. The patch was redesigned in the TNG Season 2 Blu-ray release of TNG: "The Royale", removing the roman numerals and the names of the astronaut crew.

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