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Apollo 9 Flight Summary

March 3-13, 1969

Spacecraft: Saturn V (AS-504, SM-104, CM-104, LM-3)

Command Module: CM-104, callsign Gumdrop, mass 26,801 kg

Service Module: SM-104

Lunar Module: LM-3, callsign Spider, mass 14,575 kg

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

23°15′N 67°56′W / 23.25°N 67.933°W / 23.25; -67.933 (Apollo 9 splashdown)

Mission duration : 10d 01h 00m 54s

Crew: James A. McDivitt (commander), David R. Scott (CM pilot), Russell L. Schweickart (LM pilot)

First manned flight of all lunar hardware in Earth orbit. Schweickark performed 37 minutes EVA. Human reactions to space and weightlessness tested in 152 orbits. First manned flight of lunar module.

Apollo 9 was the first space test of the third critical piece of Apollo hardware—the lunar module. For ten days, the astronauts put all three Apollo vehicles through their paces in Earth orbit, undocking and then redocking the lunar lander with the Command Module, just as they would in lunar orbit. For this and all subsequent Apollo flights, the crews were allowed to name their own spacecraft. The gangly lunar module was "Spider," the command module "Gumdrop." Schweickart and Scott performed a spacewalk, and Schweickart checked out the new Apollo spacesuit, the first to have its own life support system rather than being dependent on an umbilical connection to the spacecraft. Apollo 9 gave proof that the Apollo machines were up to the task of orbital rendezvous and docking. The Apollo 9
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