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Apollo 9: Giving the “Spider” Wings

19 Mar 2019, 12:56 UTC
Apollo 9: Giving the “Spider” Wings NASA

Probably one of the more overlooked Apollo missions was that of Apollo 9 launched on March 3, 1969. Coming just a couple of months after the historic voyage of Apollo 8 to the Moon, its mission in low Earth orbit did not seem all that spectacular and generated little public interest even at the time. But this mission, which tested the Lunar Module (LM) in flight with a crew on board for the first time, was a vital stepping stone for the Apollo 11 mission four months later making the successes of this and subsequent Apollo lunar landing missions possible.

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