Apollo 7: NASA
was the first manned mission in the Apollo program
to be launched. It was an eleven-day earth-orbital mission, the first manned launch of the Saturn 1-B launch vehicle, and the first three-man American
space mission. Goals for the mission included the first live television
broadcast from orbit
and testing the lunar module
- Launched: October 11, 1968 16:02:45 UT from Pad 34
- Returned: October 22, 1968 11:11:48 UT (retrieved by the U.S.S. Essex)
- Crew members: Wally Schirra (commander), Donn Eisele (senior pilot) and Walter Cunningham (pilot).
For nearly 30 years the Apollo 7 module was on loan (renewable every two years) to the National Museum of Science and Technology of Canada, in Ottawa
, along with the space suit worn by Wally Schirra
. In November 2003 the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. said it wanted them back, presumably to put into the new Smithsonian annex at Dulles International.