Category: apollo 7

Apollo 7 launches from Cape Canaveral on this day in 1968. It’s the first human spaceflight of Project Apollo.

August 5, 1968: Apollo 7 astronauts Walter Cunningham, Donn Eisele, and Wally Schirra stand on the deck of the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever after suiting up for splashdown training in the Gulf of Mexico. (NASA)

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Beautiful views of Earth captured from the orbiting Apollo 7 spacecraft on October 15, 1968. (NASA/ASU)

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Some of Earth’s tallest mountains seen from 130 nautical miles up in space during the Apollo 7 mission, October 15, 1968: “The 29,028 ft. high Mount Everest is at lower center. On the central horizon can be seen the 28,250 ft. high Mount Godwin-Austen (K-2) some 800 miles northwest of Mount Everest. In the lower right, Mount Kanchenjunga rises 28,208 ft. to separate Nepal from Sikkim. The snow line on the peaks was at 17,500 ft. In the upper right the lake-studded highlands of Tibet are visible.” (NASA)

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Apollo 7 astronauts Walter Cunningham, Donn Eisele, and Wally Schirra stand on the deck of the NASA Motor Vessel Retriever after suiting up for splashdown training in the Gulf of Mexico, August 5, 1968. (NASA)

October 11, 1968 – Apollo 7 hurtles toward space, carrying Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham on the first manned flight of the Apollo program.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Apollo 7 astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham returned from an 11-day orbital odyssey when they splashed down in the Atlantic on October 22, 1968. As you can see here, the crew of the recovery ship USS Essex put in quite the effort to bring home the tired spacemen. Helicopters, derring-do, and cake!

October 20, 1968 — Astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra get the overview effect as they circle the Earth on the ninth day of the Apollo 7 mission.

(NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: Looking out the window of the Apollo 7 spacecraft, October 20, 1968.

October 20, 1968 – Top to bottom, astronauts Donn Eisele, Wally Schirra, and Walter Cunningham orbit the Earth on the ninth day of the Apollo 7 mission.

(NASA)