Apollo 9 50th Anniversary

Apollo 9 50th Anniversary

March 13, 2019 | San Diego Air & Space Museum

The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 9, the first of four Apollo flights in 1969, including the historic Apollo 11 moon landing in July later that year, takes center stage during a special celebration. All three Apollo 9 crew members — Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart — as well as Flight Directors Gerry Griffin and Gene Kranz and other Apollo luminaries, are scheduled to attend. Apollo 9 was just the third manned spaceflight in the Apollo program, paving the way for later lunar exploration with a series of milestones, including the first Extravehicular Activity (spacewalk) of the Apollo program, NASA’s first two-man EVA, the first manned test flight of the Apollo Lunar Module, and the first docking of two manned American spacecraft. sandiegoairandspace.org

Apollo 9 50th Anniversary

Apollo 9 Command Module Gumdrop

Header image: Apollo 9 crew James McDivitt, David Scott, and Rusty Schweickart; Photo courtesy of NASA     Gumdrop: San Diego Air Space Museum