Apollo 9Apollo 9
was the third manned mission in the Apollo program
. Ten-day earth-orbital mission launched March 3, 1969. Second manned flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle. First manned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module
(LM). Crew members tested the LM and practiced separation and docking maneuvers in earth orbit.
- Launched: March 3, 1969 from Pad 39A
- Returned: March 13, 1969
- Crew members: James McDivitt, commander; David Scott, command module pilot; Rusty Schweickart, lunar module pilot.
- Command module: Gumdrop
- Lunar module: Spider
The command module is displayed at the Michigan Space and Science Center, Jackson, Michigan
. The LM descent stage's orbit decayed 22 March
and it impacted Earth. The LM ascent stage orbit decayed and impacted Earth on 23 October