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Russell Schweickart

Russell Schweickart

Born on: 25 Oct 1935
Join NASA in: 17 Oct 1963
Current status: Retired 1 Jul 1979
Spaceflight Position Date
Apollo 9 LMP 03.03. - 13.03.1969
Walter Schweickart was one of fourteen astronauts named by NASA in October 1963.

He served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 9, March 3-13, 1969. This was the third manned flight in the Apollo series, the second to be launched by a Saturn V, and the first manned flight of the lunar module. With him on the flight into earth orbit were James A. McDivitt (spacecraft commander) and David R. Scott (command module pilot). Apollo 9 successfully accomplished an intensive five-day checkout operation with the lunar module--highlighted by a critical lunar-orbit rendezvous simulation and subsequent docking, initiated by McDivitt and Schweickart from within the lunar module at a separation distance which exceeded 100 miles from the command/service module piloted by Scott. During a 46-minute EVA, Schweickart evaluated external transfer capability, made photographs, and retrieved thermal samples from the lunar module exterior. Apollo 9 splashed down less than 4 miles from the helicopter carrier USS GUADALCANAL.

Completing his first space flight, Schweickart logged 241 hours in space.

Walter Schweickart served as backup commander for the first Skylab mission and, in addition, was responsible for monitoring design/development efforts for the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM), and planning extravehicular activities to be used in Project Skylab. During the first Skylab mission (SL-1/SL-2), Mr. Schweickart was responsible for the development of hardware and procedures associated with erecting the solar shade and deploying the jammed solar array wing.

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