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Apollo 7

Occurred 55 years ago

The first crewed flight of the Apollo program.

Mission Type

Crewed Orbital Flight


Walter Schirra Jr., R. Walter Cunningham, Donn F. Eisele


Oct. 11, 1968


Oct. 22, 1968
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About Apollo 7, the First Crewed Apollo Space Mission

“The Walt, Wally and Donn Show…” Mission Objectives Demonstrate Command and Service Module (CSM) with crew performance; demonstrate mission support facilities’…

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Walter M. Schirra, Jr.


Captain Walter M. Schirra, Jr. was one of the first seven NASA astronauts named in April 1959. He was the only astronaut to have flown to space on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft, logging a total of 295 hours and 15 minutes in space.

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Walter M. Schirra, Jr. is seen in the foreground in this photo from water egress training for the first crewed Apollo mission.
The prime crew of the first manned Apollo mission (Spacecraft 101/Saturn 205) is seen in Apollo Command Module Boilerplate 1102 during water egress training in the Gulf of Mexico. In foreground is astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr., in center is astronaut Donn F. Eisele, and in background is astronaut Walter Cunningham. (5 Aug. 1968)
50 Years Ago, Accolades for Apollo 7 Astronauts
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Following their nearly flawless mission, Apollo 7 astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham received many accolades for their historic accomplishment. President Lyndon B. Johnson, a long-time supporter of the nation’s space program, invited the…

50 Years Ago: Apollo 7 Ends, “101% Successful”
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Apollo 7, with astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, splashed down on October 22, 1968, ending a highly successful engineering test flight. The landing occurred in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Bermuda. All…

50 Years Ago, The Apollo 7 Mission Continues
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Apollo 7 astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham continued their historic Earth orbital mission to thoroughly test the Apollo spacecraft and its systems. Throughout the flight, Mission Control passed up daily news reports to…

50 Years Ago, Apollo 7 Flight Day 2: Rendezvous Day
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The Apollo 7 crew of Walter M. Schirra, Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham spent a very busy first day in space, starting with their launch from Cape Kennedy on October 11, 1968, returning Americans to space for the…

NASA Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 7
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On Oct. 11, 1968, NASA launched its first crewed Apollo mission, which paved the way for the moon landing less than a year later.  The Apollo 7 crew was commanded by Wally Schirra, with Command Module Pilot Donn Eisele, and Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham.…

50 Years Ago: NASA Launched Apollo 7
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Americans were in space again for the first time in nearly 22 months. After months of preparation, Apollo 7, with Walter “Wally” M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter “Walt” Cunningham aboard, thundered off Launch Complex 34 at Cape…

50 Years Ago: One Week Until Apollo 7
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One week to go until the launch of Apollo 7! On October 11, 1968, Americans astronauts would return to space and take the next steps toward achieving the goal of landing on the Moon before the end of the decade.…

Apollo 7 Launched as Race to Moon Reached Final Stretch
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By Bob GranathNASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida On Oct. 11, 1968, three American astronauts launched to Earth orbit aboard Apollo 7. It was the first piloted mission of the spacecraft designed to meet President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to land…

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