Apollo 9 astronauts, 1969.
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A Saturn V launch vehicle is in the background. Apollo 9 was launched on 3rd March 1969, with astronauts James McDivitt, David Scott and Russell Schweickart on board. Apollo 9 carried the first complete Apollo spacecraft into Earth orbit, and the first docking of the Apollo Command and Service Module with the Lunar Module was carried out on the mission.