Apollo Struck Twice By Lightning during Launch 50 Years Ago

Highly unlikely, but it happened: 50 years ago, NASA’s Apollo spacecraft was struck by lightning during its ascent, not once, but twice. Seconds after the craft launched on November 14, 1969, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Saturn V launch vehicle was struck at about 2 kilometers off the ground, then again at 4.3 kilometers off the ground. Onboard the Apollo 12 were Charles Conrad, commander of the ship, Alan Bean, pilot of the module to the moon, and Richard Gordon. The command module pilot. The crew said…

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