Apollo 6 (21)
Pad 39-A (2)
Saturn-V AS-502 (2)
High Bay 3
Firing Room 2
Demonstrate structure and thermal integrity and compatibility of launch vehicle and spacecraft; confirm launch loads and dynamic characteristics
Demonstrate separation of launch vehicle stages
Evaluate performance of emergency detection system in closed-loop configuration
(Achieved). Verify operation of Saturn V propulsion, guidance and control, and electrical systems.
(Not Achieved. Due to early cutoff of two S-II stage J-2 engines and failure of
S-IVB J-2 engine to restart.)
Demonstrate performance of mission support facilities
April 4, 1968, 07:00:01 a.m. EST.
Launch Complex 37B, Eastern Test Range, Cape
222km Apogee, 163km Perigee
Inclination: xxx degrees
Duration: Days, hours, min, seconds
April 4, 1968, 05:23pm EST. Exact landing point unknown, first visual sighting at 27deg
40min North and 157deg 59min West. Capsule recovered by U.S.S. Okinawa and on
board at 10:55 p.m. EST.
Apogee, 367 kilometers; perigee, 178 kilometers (nearly circular orbit intended, but early cutoff of S-II engines and overburn of
S-IVB engine caused unplanned orbital parameters); after
S-IVB engine failed to reignite, a 422-second burn of the SPS engine sent the spacecraft to an altitude of 22, 209 kilometers.