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And you recall staring out there at the spectacle that went before your eyes. Because now you’re no longer inside something with a window looking out at a picture, but now you’re out there and what you’ve got around your head is a goldfish bowl and there are no limits here. There are no frames, there are no boundaries. You’re really out there, over it, floating, going 25,000 mph, ripping through space, a vacuum, and there’s not a sound. There’s a silence the depth of which you’ve never experienced before, and that silence contrasts so markedly with the scenery, with what you’re seeing, and the speed with which you know you’re going. That contrast, the mix of those two things, really comes through. 

Russell Schweickart, No Frames, No Boundaries Connecting with the whole planet - from space, 1983

Apollo 9 Performs First Rendezvous & Re-Docking with LM Ascent Stage (7 March 1969) — The Lunar Module (LM) “Spider” ascent stage is photographed from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. While astronaut David R. Scott, command module pilot, remained at the controls in the CSM “Gumdrop,” astronauts James A. McDivitt, Apollo 9 commander; and Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, checked out the “Spider.” The LM’s descent stage had already been jettisoned.

View of the Apollo 9 Lunar Module “Spider” in a lunar landing configuration photographed by Command Module pilot David Scott inside the Command/Service Module “Gumdrop” on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. The landing gear on “Spider” has been deployed. lunar surface probes (sensors) extend out from the landing gear foot pads. Inside the “Spider” were astronauts James A. McDivitt, Apollo 9 Commander; and Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot.

Astronaut Russell Schweickart, lunar module pilot, stands on the module’s deck during his spacewalk on the fourth day of the Apollo 9 mission. This photograph was taken from inside the lunar module “Spider” by mission commander James McDivitt.

Apollo 9 was the first manned flight of the command/service module along with the lunar module. The mission’s three-person crew, which also included command module pilot Dave Scott, tested several aspects critical to landing on the moon including the lunar module’s engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems and docking maneuvers. The mission was the second manned launch of a Saturn V rocket and was the third manned mission of the Apollo Program.

After launching on March 3, 1969, the crew spent 10 days in low Earth orbit.

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(7 March 1969) — A view of the Apollo 9 Lunar Module (LM), “Spider”, in a lunar landing configuration, as photographed from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. The landing gear on the “Spider” has been deployed. Lunar surface probes (sensors) extend out from landing gear foot pads. Inside the “Spider” were astronauts James A. McDivitt, Apollo 9 commander, and Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot. Astronaut David R. Scott, command module pilot, remained at the controls in the Command Module (CM), “Gumdrop”, while the other two astronauts checked out the Lunar Module.

Apollo 9 Performs The First Two Man EVA (6 March 1969) — Excellent view of the docked Apollo 9 Command and Service Modules (CSM) and Lunar Module (LM), with Earth in the background, during astronaut David R. Scott’s stand-up extravehicular activity (EVA), on the fourth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. Scott, command module pilot, is standing in the open hatch of the Command Module (CM). Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, took this photograph of Scott from the porch of the LM. Inside the LM was astronaut James A. McDivitt, Apollo 9 commander.

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Apollo 9 Launches 47 Years Ago Today (3 March 1969) — The Apollo 9 (Spacecraft 104/Lunar Module 3/Saturn 504) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 11 a.m. (EST), March 3, 1969. Aboard the spacecraft are astronauts James A. McDivitt, commander; David R. Scott, command module pilot; and Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot. The Apollo 9 mission will evaluate spacecraft lunar module systems performance during manned Earth-orbital flight. Apollo 9 is the second manned Saturn V mission.

Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules, nicknamed “Gumdrop” and Lunar Module, nicknamed “Spider” are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch . Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA.

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View of the Apollo 9 Lunar Module “Spider,” in a lunar landing configuration, as photographed form the Command/Service Module on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. The landing gear on the Lunar Module has been deployed. Note Lunar Module’s upper hatch and docking tunnel. The EVA foot restraints known as the “Golden Slippers” are visible on the porch of the Lunar Module (LM). They allowed Lunar Module pilot Russell “Rusty” Schweickart to securely stand on the porch during his EVA thus allowing him free use of his hands.

Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, operates a 70mm Hasselblad camera during his extravehicular activity on the fourth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. The Command/Service Module and the Lunar Module 3 “Spider” are docked. This view was taken form the Command Module “Gumdrop”. Schweickart, wearing an Extravehicular Mobility Unit EMU, is standing in “golden slippers” on the Lunar Module porch. On his back, partially visible, are a Portable Life Support System PLSS and an Oxygen Purge System OPS.

The crew of Apollo 9.  Left to right, are Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot; David R. Scott, command module pilot; and James A. McDivitt, commander.

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Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, stands in “golden slippers” on the Lunar Module “Spider’s” porch during his extravehicular activity on the fourth day of the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission. This photograph was taken from inside the Lunar Module “Spider.” The Command/Service Module and Lunar Module were docked. Schweickart is wearing an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU).