November 14, 1969: Apollo 12 Mission Launches Into Space
On this day in 1969, Apollo 12 launched into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida as the second mission to land on the moon and the sixth manned flight in the United States’ Apollo program by NASA.
In total, the Apollo program resulted in 12 spaceflights and 12 astronauts who walked on the moon. The program developed as a result of President John F. Kennedy challenging the nation, in 1961, to land on the moon by the end on the decade.
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Photo: Apollo 12 Lunar Module pilot Al Bean steps onto the Moon (NASA/Wikimedia Commons).