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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan

Launched: March 3, 1969 • Splashdown: March 13,1969

 

—Launched: May 18, 1969 • Splashdown: May 26, 1969 —

 
McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart /<br>Stafford • Young • Cernan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
1. McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart /
Stafford • Young • Cernan Marker
Inscription. "…We had to fly once more before we take the big step…"

Apollo spacecraft program manager, George Low, explained why landing on the Moon would have to wait a little longer.

Apollo missions 9 and 10 served as vital dress rehearsals. Their successful flights answered many questions that had to be addressed before a moon landing could be attempted. Apollo 9 was the first mission to launch with all its lunar hardware aboard, including the lunar module and space suits with portable life support systems. The crew remained in Earth's orbit, maneuvering and docking the command module and lunar module, to demonstrate that this crucial operation was feasible in space. Apollo 10 flew tantalizingly close to the Moon. Its astronauts maneuvered the lunar modular to within 10 miles of the lunar surface. They surveyed the proposed Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, performing every task except actually touching down. And they sent back TV broadcasts in color, a first from space. The stage was now set for Apollo 11.
 
Location. 34° 42.672′ N, 86° 39.341′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Old Madison Pike NW, on the left when traveling west. Click for map
Foot print & signature of Rusty Schweickart, LM Pilot Apollo 9 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
2. Foot print & signature of Rusty Schweickart, LM Pilot Apollo 9
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders (here, next to this marker); Grissom • White • Chaffee (here, next to this marker); Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin (here, next to this marker); Conrad • Gordon • Bean (a few steps from this marker); Lovell • Swigert • Haise (a few steps from this marker); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Scott • Worden • Irwin (a few steps from this marker); Young • Mattingly • Duke (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceExploration
 
Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford footprint & signature image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
3. Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford footprint & signature
Gemini 6A; Gemini 9A; Apollo 10; ASTP
Apollo 9 - McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
4. Apollo 9 - McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart
Apollo 10 - Stafford • Young • Cernan image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
5. Apollo 10 - Stafford • Young • Cernan
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   4. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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