Lunar and Planetary Institute






Apollo 9 Mission


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Apollo 9 was the first manned flight of the lunar module and tested this portion of the spacecraft for lunar operations.  During the ten-day flight, the spacecraft demonstrated various important functions including a complete rendezvous and docking profile and extravehicular crew operations.  All systems performed satisfactorily.  The mission completed 151 earth orbits and carried the largest payload ever placed in orbit.



Mission activity

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The Apollo 9 mission was divided into six activity periods over ten days: launch and ascent, docking and separations maneuvers; service propulsion systems burns; lunar module systems checkout; extravehicular activity; lunar module activities completion; and command service module solo operations, scientific photography, and command module reentry and recovery.



 
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Apollo 9 photography was divided into two categories, operational—documenting spacecraft and launch vehicle operations, and scientific—featuring the multispectral terrain experiment and hand-held camera exposures.  The first complete pictures of both spacecraft in orbit were taken as well as photography during crew operations with the extravehicular mobility unit.