Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the first flight of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM). Its three-person crew, consisting of Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, tested several aspects critical to landing on the Moon, including the LM engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, and docking maneuvers.

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Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

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Cosmic apparel throughout history for the American, Russian and Chinese space programs. #Infographic

Cosmic apparel throughout history for the American, Russian and Chinese space programs. #Infographic

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Saturn V Apollo Flight Configuration - credit: Don Sprague, Huntsville Engineering. The Boeing Company, Space Division, Launch Systems Branch, Hunsville, ALA 35807 [1 January 1968]

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Moon: Space Programs' Dumping Ground (Infographic)  by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

Moon: Space Programs' Dumping Ground (Infographic) by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

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Paving the way for Apollo's missions to the moon, the Gemini program provided much-needed experience for astronauts in space.

Paving the way for Apollo's missions to the moon, the Gemini program provided much-needed experience for astronauts in space.

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