APOLLO 7 : AS-205
Apollo 7 insignia
Apollo 7 prime crew
|Launch date||11. Oct. 1968 15:02:45 UTC(11:02:45 EST)|
|Mission Designation||AS-205 / SA-205|
|Launch Pad||PAD 34|
|Commander Pilot:CDP||Walter M.Schirra, Jr|
|CM Pilot:CMP||Donn F. Eisesle|
|LM Pilot:LMP||Walter Cunningham|
|Commander Pilot:CDP||Thomas P. Stafford|
|CM Pilot:CMP||John W. Young|
|LM Pilot:LMP||Eugiene A. Cernan|
|Manned flight test on the Earth orbit. Demonstrate crew/space vehicle/mission support facilities. Demonstrate CSM rendezvous capability.|
Apollo space craft worked perfect. And all predetermined scientific experiments was completed.
Rendezvous with S-IVB was held for simulate extracting an LM on the Earth orbit. After CSM separation, SLA panels had not fully deployed and stayed on S-IVB. About SPS engine firing test, there were eight nearly perfect firings out of eight attempts. One of the three fuel cells supplying electricity to the craft developed some unwanted high temperatures. Three of the five spacecraft windows fogged because of improperly cured sealant compound (a condition that could not be fixed until Apollo 9).
About 15 hours into the flight, Schirra developed a bad cold, and Cunningham and Eisele soon followed suit.
|Splashed down||22.Oct.1968 11:11:48 UT(07:11:48 EDT)|
|Splashdown point||Atlantic Ocean:27 deg 32 min N, 64 deg 04 min W:200 nautical miles SSW of Bermuda|
|Recovery ship||U.S.S. Essex|
|BLOCK2. No docking plobe.|
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[DVD] Apollo 7: Shakedown Cruise
Spacecraft Films / Twentieth Century Fox Home Video February 1, 2005 USD34.99
Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, gave the Apollo CSM a workout in Earth orbit as the first steps in the verification of the lunar hardware. For 11 days the crew fought colds while they put the Apollo spacecraft through a workout, establishing confidence in the machine what would lead directly to the bold decision to send Apollo 8 to the moon just 2 months later.
[BOOK] Apollo 7 : The NASA Mission Reports
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