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The Apollo 9 Command Module is on display at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Apollo 9 Mission

Apollo 9 was the third crewed mission in the United States Apollo space program, the second to be sent into orbit by a Saturn V rocket, and the first flight of the command and service module (CSM) with the Apollo Lunar Module.

The mission’s three-person crew consisted of Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart. The crew spent ten days in low Earth orbit testing several aspects critical to landing on the Moon, including the LM engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, and docking maneuvers.

After launching on March 3, 1969, the crew performed the first crewed flight of a LM, the first docking and extraction of a LM, one two-person spacewalk (EVA), and the second docking of two crewed spacecraft—two months after the Soviets performed a spacewalk crew transfer between Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5.

The mission proved the LM worthy of crewed spaceflight. Further tests on the Apollo 10 mission would prepare the LM for its ultimate goal, landing on the Moon. They returned to Earth on March 13, 1969.

The success of Apollo 9 paved the way for the Apollo 10 crew to take their Lunar Module within nine miles of the Moon’s surface in May of 1969 as a dress rehearsal for the subsequent landing of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969.

PDF Contents

  • 5 Day Report
  • 30 Day Failure Anomaly Listing Report
  • Abort Plan Vol 1 Launch Phase
  • Communications Mission Report
  • Crew Log
  • Crew Training
  • CSM 104 SPS Final Flight Evaluation
  • CSM 104 Systems Handbook
  • CSM RCS Performance
  • Evasive Maneuver CSM LM SIVB
  • Final Flight Evaluation Report
  • Final Flight Mission Rules
  • Flight Plan
  • GNC System Performance
  • LM Abort Guidance System Postflight Analysis Report
  • LM DPS Final Flight Evalution
  • LM Rendezvous Procedures
  • Low Regulation Pressure Ascent Propulsion System
  • Mission Report
  • Multispectral Photographic Info
  • Post Launch Mission Operation Report
  • Preliminary MSFN Error Analysis for AS-504A
  • Press Kit
  • Saturn V Emergency Detection System Analysis
  • Saturn V Flight Evaluation Report
  • Saturn V Flight Safety Plan
  • Saturn V Guidance Equations
  • Saturn V Reference Trajectory Boeing
  • Saturn V Technical Information Summary
  • Separation Recontact Analysis
  • Synoptic Photography Catalog
  • Thermal Control Coating Degradation
  • Trajectory Parameters, Earth Parking Orbit Phase Vol 1
  • Onboard Voice Transcription 1 of 2
  • Onboard Voice Transcription 2 of 2
  • Onboard Voice Transcription LM
  • PAO Mission Transcription
  • Technical Air-to-Ground Voice Transcription

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"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." - President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961