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On This Date, In 1968

Lunar landing research vehicle (LLRV) No. 1 crashed at Ellington Air Force Base, Tex. The pilot, astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, ejected after losing control of the vehicle, landing by parachute with minor injury (he bit his tongue hard enough to make it bleed). Estimated altitude of the LLRV at the time of ejection was 60 meters. LLRV No. 1, which had been on a standard training mission, was a total loss – estimated at $1.5 million. LLRV No. 2 would not begin flight status until the accident investigation had been completed and the cause determined (one of the thrusters failed).

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