Apollo 9 astronauts in training, 1969.
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The astronauts are practising emergency egres from their Command Module. This test was carried out at Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Apollo 9 was launched on 3rd March 1969, with astronauts James McDivitt, David Scott and Rusell 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 mision.