Apollo 9
Launch Date
March 3, 1969
Craft
Apollo
Status
Past
Crew
3
Apollo 9
Launch Date
March 3, 1969
Craft
Apollo
Status
Past
Crew
3
Overview
The first flight of the full Apollo lunar spacecraft, Apollo 9 marked the first piloted flight of the lunar lander and the first time the Apollo spacecraft docked to the lunar lander and extracted it from the Saturn V rocket. The crew spent 10 days testing the lunar lander and moonwalk life support packs. They also practiced emergency transfer of a lunar lander crew to the Apollo Command Module and use of the lunar lander to control and provide propulsion to the Apollo Command and Service Modules in case of emergency.
Crafts
Apollo
The main Apollo spacecraft was a Command and Service Module designed to take three astronauts to and from the Moon’s orbit and provide access to the lunar lander during missions. After the Moon program ended, Apollo spacecraft flew three crews to the Skylab space station and performed the historic joint U.S.-Soviet mission in 1975.