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Apollo 9
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David Scott performs a standup EVA from Command Module Gumdrop, seen from docked Lunar Module Spider
Mission type Lunar Module test flight
Operator NASA
Mission duration 10 days, 1 hours, 54 seconds
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft
Manufacturer
  • CSM: North American Rockwell
  • LM: Grumman
Launch mass 95,231 pounds (43,196 kg)
Landing mass 11,094 pounds (5,032 kg)
Crew
Crew size 3
Members
Callsign
  • CSM: Gumdrop
  • LM: Spider
EVAs 1
EVA duration 77 minutes
Start of mission
Launch date March 3, 1969, 16:00:00 (1969-03-03UTC16Z) UTC
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, 17:00:54 (1969-03-13UTC17:00:55Z) UTC
Landing site North Atlantic Ocean
23°15′N 67°56′W / 23.25°N 67.933°W / 23.25; -67.933 (Apollo 9 splashdown)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth orbit
Perigee 204 kilometers (127 mi)
Apogee 497 kilometers (309 mi)
Inclination 33.8 degrees
Period 91.55 minutes
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

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Left to right: McDivitt, Scott, Schweickart

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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