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.
Gemini 12 was the last in the programme, with Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin tasked with ensuring it ended on a high. The mission included the first completely successful spacewalk, thanks in large part to a completely new style of training.
Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon's photography experiments could only be done while Gemini 11 was on the night side of Earth. So what did they do while waiting to slip into darkness again? With only their spacesuits separating them from the void of space - and with Gordon having half his body hanging out of Gemini 11 - they dozed off.
Young and Collins were both slightly wary of the flight plan they were tasked with completing, knowing that time would be stacked against them from the second they left the launchpad. Two rendezvous, one docking, a major altitude-changing burn, two spacewalks and 15 experiments in just under three days was a lot to ask.