Apollo 9 was a mission in NASA's Apollo program. It was the third manned mission in the Apollo program and was the first flight of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM). The crew was Commander James A. McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David R. Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Russell L. Schweickart. The mission was launched on March 3, 1969. The mission tested several things which were important for landing on the Moon, including the LM engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, and docking maneuvers.
David Scott performs a standup EVA from Command Module Gumdrop, seen from docked Lunar Module Spider
|Mission type||Lunar Module test flight|
|Mission duration||10 days, 1 hours, 54 seconds|
|Launch mass||95,231 pounds (43,196 kg)|
|Landing mass||11,094 pounds (5,032 kg)|
|EVA duration||77 minutes|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||March 3, 1969, 16:00:00UTC|
|Rocket||Saturn V SA-504|
|Launch site||Kennedy LC-39A|
|End of mission|
|Recovered by||USS Guadalcanal|
|Decay date||October 23, 1981 (LM)|
|Landing date||March 13, 1969, 17:00:54UTC|
|Landing site||North Atlantic Ocean|
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Perigee||204 kilometers (127 mi)|
|Apogee||497 kilometers (309 mi)|
|Epoch||March 5, 1969|
|Docking with LM|
|Docking date||March 3, 1969, 19:01:59 UTC|
|Undocking date||March 7, 1969, 12:39:06 UTC|
|Docking with LM Ascent Stage|
|Docking date||March 7, 1969, 19:02:26 UTC|
|Undocking date||March 7, 1969, 21:22:45 UTC|
Left to right: McDivitt, Scott, Schweickart
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