Night Vision—Apollo 9, 50th Anniversary
Posted March 4, 2019 - by Thomas Quayle
Fifty years ago, one of the most important tests of the Apollo mission was launched into orbit. Apollo 9 was the unsung hero of America's race to the Moon. It would be the first time that the entire Saturn V rocket launched with its full weight and payload. This included the Lunar Module and the Command Service Modules.
Three astronauts spent ten days in orbit testing every functional aspect of the flight hardware, as well as simulating the critical phases of spacecraft separation and rendezvous. Although Apollo 9 did not face the all dangers that future flights would encounter, it did uncover previously unknown hazards that all future astronauts would need to be aware of.
Join us on Thursday, March 7th and Saturday, March 9, as we continue our race to the Moon in Night Vision: Apollo 9, 50th Anniversary. Tickets are just $2.00 per person for the public, and free for members of Clark Planetarium. Get your tickets now.