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[i]Key figures in the plan to turn the E mission into something altogether more audacious included Chris Kraft, director of Flight Operations at the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) in Houston, and George Low, head of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office. In April 1968, they proposed turning E into something called ‘E-Prime’, moving the test of the command, service and lunar modules from high-apogee Earth orbit to the vicinity of the Moon.[/i]
[i]Almost as soon as NASA adopted an alphabetical stairway for reaching the moon in progressive flights (see Chapter 9), with the seventh, or G, step representing the ultimate goal, mission planners had begun looking for ways to omit a letter. In late 1967, when the ABC-scheme evolved, Low and Flight Operations Director Christopher Kraft had pushed for a lunar-orbital mission as soon as possible to learn more about communications, navigation, and thermal control in the deep space environment.
In the spring of 1968, Apollo officials in Houston were trying to upgrade the E mission (operating the command module and the lander in high-earth orbit) into something called E-prime, which would move the mission to the vicinity of the moon.[/i]
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