During the earliest days of crewed spaceflight, many doctors harboured concerns about what effects zero-gravity would have on the human body. While many of these concerns did not and have not come to fruition, one particular problem continues to linger: 'Space Adaptation Syndrome'.
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.
NASA's hopes of landing on the Moon hinged on Gemini 6A's Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford proving that rendezvous with another spacecraft was possible. It took NASA three attempts to launch the astronauts, though, with one coming very close to disaster.
Flamboyant and wise-cracking Pete Conrad was never one to back down from a challenge. So when a journalist questioned the free-will of the astronaut corps, he just couldn't refuse.
Have you ever started to think that maybe a certain piece of technology has it in for you? The thought must have crossed the mind of Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, as he struggled with cameras throughout the mission.