Apollo 9: ‘A Hell of a Ride’

50 years ago, we tested the capabilities of our Moon landing spacecraft in Earth’s orbit. Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart performed systems checks and gathered data. The Lunar Module and the Command Module separated by nearly 100 miles and an engine burn check brought them back together. A challenging rendezvous and docking proved the abilities of the hardware. This historic mission launched on March 3, 1969 as an engineering mission and paved the way for future Apollo missions.

This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2019_0301_Celebrating%2050%20Years%20of%20Apollo%209%20-%20A%20Hell%20of%20a%20Ride.html

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Producer/Editor: Amy Leniart

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  1. My father worked at nasa during the Apollo missions
    This makes me tear up he’s an old man now makes me so proud to see how we got men to the moon with so little !
    Go nasa go

  2. I read somewhere in the subtitles it's written "astronuts" lmao. Plz fix that. 😂😂 Around 3:28 i guess.

    Edit:- Actually it's fixed now. Maybe it's auto-generated CC

  3. Awesome video! True heroes all! Imagine the grit it took to do all that in orbit around the Earth. Have something go wrong in that lunar lander and re-entry would be a hot one. Now…let's get back to the moon and get some helium 3 to help safely power the world!

  4. One day you have to show us how you really did it… That stop-motion looks really dated… And the speeds of the supposed monouver to reattach (eyeballing it) are preposterous.

  5. I have questions about cosmic rays
    the question is

    Will cosmic rays help us understand the origin of the universe?
    second question
    Are there traces of cosmic rays from the birth of the universe?
    Are these cosmic rays the effects of dark energy at the beginning of the universe?

    Please send my three questions to physicists

  6. I have questions about cosmic rays
    the question is
    Will cosmic rays help us understand the origin of the universe?
    second question
    Are there traces of cosmic rays from the birth of the universe?
    Are these cosmic rays the effects of dark energy at the beginning of the universe?

    Please send my three questions to physicists

  7. In 1969, after this mission, but before apollo 11, I got to meet James mcdivitt. I was 13 years old. I got to shake his hand. My dad took me to a presentation he was giving at cobo hall in Detroit. Will never forget it. He showed us beautiful slides of spider and gumdrop. One of the highlights of my life.

  8. Nasa earth realy needs a flag i have an idea for it the sides are green and middle is blue with earth on it with the same color but thats not my own idea it came from jacksfilms yiay video so the prase goes to that person

  9. All very fascinating: the Apollo program was groundbreaking and breathtaking in its ambition, scale, and complexity.

    NASA, enough celebrating and memorializing. Don't spend so much energy enshrining the past that you fail to build and mold the future. Opportunity and Hubble were your biggest recent successes. What's the next one?

  10. My dream was an astronaut 😢😢😢😢but can't 😢😢😢😭😭😭😭
    Now i disided that my boy
    Mr. Row-win 🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🇮🇳🇮🇳
    he will want to be an Astronaut 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🛫🛫🛫🛫🌍🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍🌎

  11. Saw the Apollo 11 documentary this week (See it in IMAX!). Breathtaking. What really struck me was the dolly shots through mission command and how many engineers were on hand to make that one mission work. Beyond that, so many other people contributed from building the ships, weaving the memory modules, fixing last minute problems, and all the astronauts throughout the '60s who put their butts on the line to make the space program work. NASA is worth every penny we spend on it and more. We all get better when we try to do hard things.

  12. انا لا اعرف اتكلم باللغت الاجنبية ولكن اريد ان اقول مهما توصلتم من العلم فاانتم لم تعلمو شيء الله اكبر من كل شيء

  13. Watched it a few days ago on NASA TV 📺 I'm extremely proud of you guys ♥️ much respect from Lebanon 🇱🇧 😊 Middle East.. I'm following every day achievements ♥️

  14. i really hope i live to see us go back to the moon mad that it was all 50 years ago i hope we never give up on spaceflight its the best thing we've ever done

  15. What a great crew. McDivitt perhaps the best of the Gemini 9 astronauts. And the entire crew is still with us as of this posting. McDivitt is 91 I think

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