Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules (CSM) nicknamed “Gumdrop” and Lunar Module (LM), nicknamed “Spider” are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA as he stood on the porch outside the Lunar Module. Apollo 9 was an Earth orbital mission designed to test docking procedures between the CSM and LM as well as test fly the Lunar Module in the relative safe confines of Earth orbit. Photo courtesy of Great Images in Nasa.
Remembering Apollo 9 Launched March 3, 1969. Astronauts Jim McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart and Dave Scott, had a crucial mission: to fly the lunar module for the first time. This would be the first time a crew would be aboard the spacecraft. Human reactions to space and weightlessness were tested in 152 orbits.