53th Anniversary of the Apollo 7 mission

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first manned Apollo mission
Launch:  11-Oct-1968 15:02:45 UTC
Landing:  22-Oct-1968 11:11:48 UTC
Earth orbits:  163
Mission duration:  10 d   20 h   09 m   02 s
Donn F. Eisele (l), CMP - Walter M. Schirra (l), CDR - Walter Cunningham (r), LMP
Image base: S68-53187, Credit NASA
Donn F. Eisele (l)  - Command Module Pilot
Walter M. Schirra (c)  - Commander
Walter Cunningham (r)  - Lunar Module Pilot

Apollo 7 was the first manned Apollo mission. In earth orbit the crew practiced rendezvous maneuvers with the S-IVB stage of the Saturn 1B rocket which had took them into earth orbit. These maneuvers were relevant exercises as they simulated the later need of docking with the LM.

Apollo 7 war die erste bemannte Apollo Mission. Im Erdorbit hat die Crew Rendezvousmanöver mit der S-IVB Stufe der Saturn 1B Rakete, die sie in den Orbit brachte, praktiziert. Diese Manöver waren relevante Übungen, sie haben das spätere Andocken an das LM simuliert.

Apoll 7 S-IVB stage
Image base: S68-53187, Credit NASA
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Kipp Teague, Gerald Megason, Ken Glover, Robert Godwin, Mick Hyde, Peter Dayton, Gary Neff

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