General McDivitt was selected as an astronaut by NASA in September 1962. He was command pilot for Gemini 4 and commander of Apollo 9. This was the first flight of the complete set of Apollo hardware and was the first flight of the Lunar Module. In August 1969, he became Manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program and was the program manger for the Apollo 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 missions.
Rusty Schweickart joined NASA as one of 14 astronauts named in October 1963, NASA’s third group of astronauts. He served as Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 9 in 1969, logging 241 hours in space. This was the third manned flight of the Apollo series and the first manned flight of the lunar module. During a 46 minute EVA, Schweickart tested the portable life support backpack which was subsequently used on the lunar surface explorations.
Portrait of astronaut Russell L. “Rusty” Schweickart Jr.
David R. Scott
Command Module Pilot
As a NASA astronaut, Scott flew on the Gemini 8 and Apollo 9 missions, and was Commander for Apollo 15. He logged 546 hours and 54 minutes in space, of which 20 hours and 46 minutes were in extravehicular activity. Scott later became the Director of NASA’s Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) at Edwards, CA.