Russell L. Schweickart

Born October 25, 1935 in Neptune, New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, MIT
Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

About the Man

Russell Schweickart served as a pilot in the United States Air Force and in the Air National Guard from 1956 to 1963. Schweickart was a research scientist at the Experimental Astronomy Laboratory at MIT.

His work there involved research in upper atmospheric physics, star tracking, and stabilization of stellar images. Schweickart's thesis for a Master's Degree at MIT concerned stratospheric radiance.

About the Spaceflight

Apollo 9

March 3-13, 1969

Russell Schweickart served as lunar module pilot for the flight of Apollo 9.

The crew of Apollo 9 demonstrated support facilities for the crew, the spacecraft, and the mission during this Earth orbital flight, with a total of 152 orbits, in preparation for a manned lunar landing flight. It was the first manned flight to use all lunar hardware in Earth orbit, including the Lunar Excursion Module, LEM.

The crew also demonstrated their performance with the LEM. The Apollo 9 astronauts performed selected lunar orbit rendezvous mission activities including transposition, intervehicular crew transfer, and LEM active rendezvous and docking. They tested human reactions to space and weightlessness.

Flight Duration: Ten days, and one hour

Click on the Apollo 9 patch to read about Russell Schweickart's historic spaceflight in more detail at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Website.


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