Comment on Moon Landing Hoax by jfb.

If you’re talking about the LM, you’re absolutely right that it was not designed the survive the kinds of pressure and thermal loads that launch and re-entry would have subjected it to.

Therefore, during launch, it was kept in a protective fairing behind the CSM until the S-IVB booster was well out of Earth orbit (see illustration at, and it was jettisoned before re-entry.