Apollo 9 crew James A. McDivitt (CMDR), David R. Scott (CMP) and Russell L. Schweickart (LMP).  Apollo 9 launched 45 years ago today on the first flight of all Apollo hardware in Earth orbit. | Photo credit: NASA

Apollo 9 crew James A. McDivitt (CMDR), David R. Scott (CMP) and Russell L. Apollo 9 launched 45 years ago today on the first flight of all Apollo hardware in Earth orbit.

Apollo 9 mission patch  Astronauts James McDivitt, David Scott, and Russell Schweickart launched on March 3, 1969

Apollo 9

In preparation for the Manned Lunar Landing, on this day in 1969 (March the Apollo 9 mission ends after successfully completing Lunar Module procedures. The entire mission lasted 10 days and 1 hour.

Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the first flight of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM). Its three-person crew, consisting of Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, tested several aspects critical to landing on the Moon, including the LM engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, and docking maneuvers.

Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the first flight of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM). Its three-person crew, consisting of Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David

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View of the docked Apollo 9 Command and Service Modules CSM and Lunar Module LM, with Earth in the background, during astronaut David R. Scott’s stand-up Extravehicular Activity EVA, on the fourth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission.

On March 3, 1969, Apollo 9 launched carrying astronauts James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart. The mission was the first crewed flight of all Apollo lunar hardware in Earth orbit and the first test of the lunar module in space. | Photo credit: NASA

On March Apollo 9 launched carrying astronauts James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. The mission was the first crewed flight of all Apollo lunar hardware in Earth orbit and the first test of the lunar module in space.

Relive Apollo 9′s Moon Lander Test 45 Years Ago Through Incredible NASA Images

Relive Apollo Moon Lander Test 45 Years Ago Through Incredible NASA Images - Universe Today

(15 Nov. 1968) — The Apollo 9 prime crew is seen inside the Apollo 9 spacecraft in the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building during manned altitude chamber test activity. Left to right, are astronauts James A. McDivitt, commander; David R. Scott, command module pilot; and Russell L. Schweickart (out of view to far right), lunar module pilot.

— The Apollo 9 prime crew is seen inside the Apollo 9 spacecraft in the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building during manned altitude chamber test activity. Left to right, are astronauts James A.

Apollo 9's "Spider" lunar module lies nestled in the third stage of the Saturn V rocket that carried it to space in March 1969.

Space History Photo: The Lunar Module “Spider,” remains attached to the Saturn IVB stage in Earth orbit prior to docking with Apollo Command/Service Module, “Gumdrop,” on March

Apollo 9 Spacecraft

Apollo 9 Spacecraft

Apollo 9 Shot from Earth orbit. Lunar Module 'Spider' ascent stage during rendezvous & docking approach.

The Lunar Module "Spider" ascent stage is photographed from the Command/Service Module on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. The Lunar Module's descent stage had already been jettisoned.

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 24/F - Earth orbit

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine - Earth orbit

The Apollo 9 Command/Service Module (CSM), nicknamed "Gumdrop", and Lunar Module (LM), nicknamed "Spider", are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David Scott stands in the open hatch (March 6 1969) [3020x3000]

The Best Space Images Ever Were Taken by Apollo Astronauts With Hasselblad Cameras

Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules (CSM) nicknamed “Gumdrop” and Lunar Module (LM), nicknamed “Spider” are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, t.

Apollo 9 LEM 'Spider' awaits extraction from the top of the S-IV-B

March Lunar Module Spider awaits extraction from Apollo S-IVB stage

Apollo 9 recovery  Remember when astronauts returned to earth this way?

The Apollo 9 Command Module (CM) with flotation collar still attached is hoisted aboard the prime recovery ship, USS Guadalcanal, during recovery operations.

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