The actual Apollo flights 2-6 were test launches of the Saturn rocket, the CM and LM (1 was retired due to the fire).

What were the original plans?

  • Did they intend to launch people on a Saturn without testing?
  • Was Apollo 1 supposed to do what Apollo 7 did, and onwards (So Apollo 2 was supposed to be a LM test, 3 was an Around the Moon test, 4 was a LM in Lunar Orbit test, and 5 was a Moon landing) or were plans substantially different?
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    $\begingroup$ Remember that the LM only barely got finished in time for Apollo 9; that's one reason why Apollo 8 was "just" a circumlunar sight-seeing trip (and some very important flight testing of the hardware and software, I might add; plus of course the publicity surrounding the flight). $\endgroup$ – user Feb 24 '17 at 19:33
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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia's article on Apollo 7 notes that "Apollo 7 fulfilled Apollo 1's mission of testing the Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM) in low Earth orbit." and under Background notes that there were originally plans for a second manned Block I Apollo flight without LM docking capability, which was cancelled before the Apollo 1 fire derailed a lot of plans. $\endgroup$ – user Feb 24 '17 at 19:38

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