(11 Dec. 1968) — Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot of the Apollo 9 space mission, is seen inside Chamber “A,” Space Environment Simulation Laboratory, Building 32, participating in dry run activity in preparation for extravehicular activity which is scheduled in Chamber “A.” The purpose of the scheduled training is to familiarize the crewmen with the operation of EVA equipment in a simulated space environment. In addition, metabolic and workload profiles will be simulated on each crewman. Astronauts Schweickart and Alan L. Bean, backup lunar module pilot, are scheduled to receive thermal-vacuum training simulating Earth-orbital EVA.
An oblique view of an area of the lunar farside, looking southward, as photographed from the Apollo 15 spacecraft in lunar orbit. The crater Zelinsky is in the near foreground at the edge of the picture. The circular, mare-like area in the center is the crater Thomson. Thomson is almost completely surrounded by Mare Ingenii. The approximate coordinates of the center of Thomson are 166 degrees east longitude and 32.2 degrees south latitude.
(30 July 1971) — An overall, wide-angle lens view of the activity in the Mission Operations Control Room in the Mission Control Center during the landing of the Apollo 15 Lunar Module on the moon. The LM “Falcon,” with astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin aboard, touched down on the lunar surface at ground elapsed time of 104 hours 42 minutes 29 seconds.
(7 Aug. 1971) — The Apollo 15 Command Module (CM), with astronauts David R. Scott, commander; Alfred M. Worden, command module pilot; and James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, aboard safely touches down in the mid-Pacific Ocean to conclude a highly successful lunar landing mission. Although causing no harm to the crew men, one of the three main parachutes failed to function properly. The splashdown occurred at 3:45:53 p.m. (CDT), Aug. 7, 1971, some 330 miles north of Honolulu, Hawaii. The three astronauts were picked up by helicopter and flown to the prime recovery ship, USS Okinawa, which was only 6 ½ miles away.
(3 March 1969) — The Apollo 9 crew leaves the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building during the Apollo 9 prelaunch countdown. Leading is astronaut James A. McDivitt, commander; followed by astronaut David R. Scott, command module pilot; and Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot. Moments later they entered the special transfer van which transported them to their waiting spacecraft at Pad A, Launch Complex 39. Apollo 9 was launched at 11 a.m. (EST), March 3, 1969, on a 10-day Earth-orbital mission.