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Apollo 9
Mission insignia
Mission statistics
Mission name Apollo 9
Spacecraft name CSM: Gumdrop
LM: Spider
Command Module CM-104
mass 26,801 kg
Service Module SM-104
Lunar Module LM-3
mass 14,575 kg
Crew size 3
Call sign Apollo 9
CSM: Gumdrop
LM: Spider
Booster Saturn V SA-504
Launch pad LC 39A
Kennedy Space Center
Florida, USA
Launch date March 3, 1969
16:00:00 UTC
Landing March 13, 1969
17:00:54 UTC
North Atlantic Ocean
23°15′N 67°56′W / 23.25°N 67.933°W / 23.25; -67.933 (Apollo 9 splashdown)
Mission duration 10 d 01 h 00 m 54 s
Crew photo
Left to right: McDivitt, Scott, Schweickart
Left to right: McDivitt, Scott, Schweickart
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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.

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