THE LUNAR MODULE (LM)
The Lunar Module (LM) was used for descent to the lunar surface and served as a base while the astronauts were on the Moon. A separate ascent stage, comprising the top portion of the Lunar Module, lifted the astronauts from the Moon's surface to rendezvous and dock with the command module, orbiting the Moon.
The LM was launched from Earth in a compartment of the Saturn V, below the command and service modules. Once the spacecraft were on their trajectory toward the Moon, the command module pulled the LM from its compartment, and the two traveled together until they orbited the Moon. The astronauts lived in the command module.
First step of transposition and docking
Second step of transposition and docking
Third step of transposition and docking
Fourth step of transposition and docking
Fifth step of transposition and docking
The Apollo Lunar Module
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