What happened when Apollo 12 was struck by lightning… twice

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.

How Apollo 11 almost got stuck on the Moon

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.