Nicknamed 'the Brain', Ed Mitchell was the second ever astronaut to have a PhD. On his way to and from the Moon in 1971, he took part in a psychic experiment designed to see if it was possible to transmit and receive thoughts across tens of thousands of miles.
All things considered, it was pretty ironic that Apollo 12 was headed for an area of the Moon known as the Ocean of Storms. Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon and Alan Bean launched into thundery skies in November 1969 and less than a minute later were struck by not one, but two bolts of lightning.
"It's your neck, and I hope you don't break it." Apollo 7 is often overlooked in the grand scheme of things, with no technological dramas to speak of. When it came to the crew, though, things were not so cleanly cut.
In 1961, President Kennedy set the United States a two-part challenge that charged the country with a) landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade and b) returning him safely to Earth. While Apollo 11 successfully achieved the first part of that challenge when it touched down in the Sea of Tranquility in July 1969, what is less known is how close it came to failing to achieve the second part.
NASA prides itself on training its astronauts to respond to every possible scenario that might arise during a mission into the void of space. A lost wedding ring, however, is not one of those scenarios.