Today In History: The Apollo 9 Mission Begins

Apollo 9 astronaut Russell Schweickart photographed during extra-vehicular activity (EVA), March 1969. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Getty Images)

On March 3, 1969 the Apollo 9 mission began with its successful launch into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This mission was part of NASA’s Apollo program and was the first flight of the full Apollo Spacecraft including the command and service module (CSM) and the lunar module (LM). During the ten-day mission, the three-man crew tested systems and procedures critical to the future Apollo 11 Moon landing.

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