Apollo astronauts practiced every second of their mission, even
planting the flag (above), many times, indoors, outdoors, in space
suits, underwater, in planes, in centrifuges, in pools, in the ocean and
anywhere else NASA saw fit. They were prepared for every contingency
and trained for water planned landings as well as desert and jungle
survival in case their capsule missed the ocean and hit land. They
learned geology, how to withstand g-forces, maneuver in low- and
zero-gravity conditions, and how to drive electric rovers and land the
Here are some of the most memorable photos of the rigorous Apollo astronaut training from NASA's image archive.
Planting the Flag
The Apollo 14 flight crew practices planting the flag during a lunar walk simulation.
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