Encyclopedia Astronautica
1970.04.21 - NASA might scrap two of its six scheduled Moon flights.


NASA might scrap two of its six scheduled Moon flights, the Washington Daily News said. Apollo 18 and 19 might be scrapped because some NASA planners wanted to use the boosters and spaceships already being built to speed the space base and space station programs.

Assistant Administrator George M. Low was reported as saying NASA already was studying the possibility of canceling Apollo 19 and using its Saturn V booster and the Apollo spacecraft for a second Skylab. NASA said there was sentiment for using Apollo 18 equipment for an even more ambitious venture-base station-that would stay aloft for 10 years (vs. 1 year for Skylab) and could be added onto until it could accommodate 100 men.

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