Space: Apollo's Ugly Duckling

So far, all of the craft designed to carry men into the space age have had the clean-lined look of the Mercury and Gemini capsules. By comparison, the lunar module (LM) that lifted from Cape Kennedy last week was the ugliest of ducklings. Bulging and misshapen, bristling with squiggles of antennas, the LM seemed more the creation of scientists gone mad than a craft entrusted with Project Apollo's most crucial task: to land astronauts on the moon and lift them off again. But in a seven-hour test flight, LM last week performed like a full-fledged space swan.

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