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.

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From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

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.

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

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

A View of the Apollo 9 Lunar Module (LM) "Spider" in a lunar lading configuration as photographed from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission.

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E - Earth orbit, EVA

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E - Earth orbit, EVA

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.

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E - Earth orbit, EVA

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E - Earth orbit, EVA

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.

“We Were At War”: The Need for Apollo 9 (Part 1)

TODAY IN HISTORY — On March the lunar module “Spider” in a landing configuration, photographed from the command module on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. The landing gear.

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 23/D - Earth orbit

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 23/D - Earth orbit

The lunar module awaits extraction from Apollo 9's S-IVB stage

Apollo launched on March was the first crewed flight of the lunar module in Earth orbit. Here the lunar module "Spider," viewed from command module "Gumdrop," awaits extraction from the third stage of the Saturn V rocket (S-IVB).

AS09-20-3065 | Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine … | Flickr

spaceexplorationphotography: “David Scott taking in the view during an EVA from Command Module Gumdrop, seen from docked Lunar Module Spider, 1969 x x-post /r/HI_Res Source:.

Astronaut Rusty Schweickart, lunar module pilot, is photographed from the Command Module ''Gumdrop'' during his extravehicular activity on the fourth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission in March 1969. The Command and Service Modules are docked with the Lunar Module.<br />

Apollo 9 lunar module pilot Rusty Schweickart had just exited his vehicle when command module pilot Dave Scott told him to hang on. Schweickart got five minutes of peace and introspection while Scott tried to fix a jammed camera.

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E - Earth orbit, EVA

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E - Earth orbit, EVA

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