San Diego Air & Space Museum celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 9 landing
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Air & Space Museum will kick off its yearlong 50 Years of Apollo celebration today with an event commemorating the Apollo 9 spacecraft’s splashdown landing.
Apollo 9 was the first of four Apollo flights in 1969, including the Apollo 11 mission that touched down on the moon in July of that year. The mission was the country’s third manned spaceflight during the Apollo program, lasting 10 days in low Earth orbit.
According to the Air & Space Museum, Cmdr. James McDivitt and pilots David Scott and Rusty Schweickart — Apollo 9’s three crew members — and flight directors Gerry Griffin and Gene Kranz are expected to attend the event.
“Anyone and everyone who remembers NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo legacy space programs will want to be here for this incredible evening commemorating one of America’s finest achievements,” said museum President and CEO Jim Kidrick.