#AtoZ 1968 – “A” is for Apollo 6

“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.

photo from Wikipedia

The second mission of the US Apollo space program, Apollo 6, launched on April 4, 1968, as an unmanned test of the Saturn V launch vehicle. The Saturn V burned more fuel in one second than Lindbergh used to cross the Atlantic.

The objective of the launch was to indicate that a flight to the Moon was a possibility; in fact, the Apollo 11 mission landed two men on the Moon in 1969.

There was little press coverage of the launch. On the same day, April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.

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This song ended up at #98 on Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1968

“Bend Me, Shape Me” by The American Breed

25 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1968 – “A” is for Apollo 6

  1. This was really interesting, I didn’t know Apollo 6 launches on the same day Martin Luther King Jnr was shot. I love the Bend Me, Shape Me song. Always associate it with cheese strings because of a popular advert in the 90s in the UK.


  2. Martha,

    Apollo 6 launched on my mother’s 23rd birthday. I wasn’t even 7 at the time. Cool bit of trivia. I do remember “Bend Me, Shape Me”. Thanks for popping in to check out my first post in the A2Z Challenge. Happy A2Zing, my friend!

    Direct post for the letter “A” Curious as a Cathy


  3. I remembered Martin Luther King getting shot, but just vaguely. Same with the rocket launch. I think I was nine. The 1960’s is a cool time to revisit. I’ll be remembering along with you Mz. Martha 😉

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  4. Hi Martha – totally endorse Boorman’s quote – so appropriate today. I hadn’t realised about that first mission Apollo 6 … but realise Martin Luther King’s shooting would mostly obliterate other news. Cheers Hilary


  5. I had forgotten that Apollo 6 and Dr. King’s assassination happened the same day. (I had just turned 12 the week before, by the way.) The American Breed was a Chicago band that became Rufus (I know you knew that). As you can probably guess, “Bend Me Shape Me” did a whole lot better there…


  6. Martha, Great start for the A-Z! I love the Frank Borman quote as well. Very Good song; those first music videos crack me up so much. It’s a 3-way tie for what is the funniest; the electric guitars not plugged into anything, or the teenage girls screaming every 30 seconds on cue, or, and I think this is my favorite…… the drummer not actually playing the drums is now actually not playing the trumpet! Awesome! Bring on 1968!


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