Apollo 7

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Apollo 7 (October 11–22, 1968) was the first manned mission of Project Apollo, and the first manned US space mission launched after the cabin fire which killed the crew of what was to have been the first manned mission, Apollo 204 (also renamed Apollo 1), on January 27, 1967. It was a C type mission - an eleven-day Earth-orbital mission, the first manned launch of the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and the first three-person American space mission. The crew consisted of Mission Commander Walter M. Schirra, Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele, and Lunar Module Pilot R. Walter Cunningham.

The mission was the first manned test of the redesigned Block II Apollo Command/Service Module. It flew in Earth orbit so the crew could check life-support, propulsion, and control systems.[2] Despite tension between the crew and ground controllers, the mission was a technical success, which gave NASA the confidence to launch Apollo 8 around the moon just two months later. However, the flight would prove to be the last space flight for all of its three crew members. It was also the final manned launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Backup crew

Support crew

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