|MadSci Network: Astronomy|
Hi Gregg, What a great question! In addition to being the god of light, Apollo is also responsible for prophecy and progress. The choice of the program name Apollo represents the "grand scale" of this project. At the time nothing of the complexity of this mission had ever been considered. From the reference work Chariots for Apollo you will find the following information: "...One day, while consulting a book on mythology, ... the image of the god Apollo riding his chariot across the sun gave the best representation of the grand scale of the proposed program. ... the chariot driver Apollo (according to ancient Greek myths, the god of music, prophecy, medicine, light, and progress became the name of the proposed circumlunar spaceships...." This information is found in the 7th. paragraph on the page Priming the Pipeline. John Haberman, Space Scientist NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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