Astronaut Dave Scott emerges from the Apollo 9 Command Module “Gumdrop”

Astronaut Dave Scott emerges from the Apollo 9 Command Module "Gumdrop"

March 6, 1969 – With the Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules docked with the Lunar Module and earth in the background, astronaut, Dave Scott opens the hatch of “Gumdrop” for his extravehicular activity. Astronaut, Rusty Schweickart took the picture from outside the Lunar Module, “Spider” at approximately 249.5 kilometers above the Earth. The entire EVA lasted 37 minutes. (Apollo 9, AS09-20-3064)

In simulations, Apollo 9 astronauts began to refer to the CSM as “Gumdrop”, a name inspired by the CM’s appearance while in the blue protective wrapping in which it was transported from the manufacturer, and the LM as “Spider”, inspired by the LM’s appearance with landing legs deployed.

Image source: Apollo Image Gallery

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