On This Day in Space: Oct. 11, 1968: Apollo 7 launches the 1st Apollo crew into orbit

On. Oct. 11, 1968, Apollo 7 launched into space with NASA astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham

This was the first mission of the Apollo program that carried a crew into space. Apollo 7 rebooted the Apollo program after a fire killed three astronauts during a launch rehearsal 20 months earlier. NASA needed to prove that their Apollo spacecraft worked with this mission, which was really more of a test flight. 

Space History Photo: Apollo 7 Launch

Space History Photo: The Apollo 7 Prime Crew

Though the spacecraft seemed to work alright, the crew got a little snippy during their 11 days in space. First they suffered from motion sickness after launch, then Schirra came down with a cold, and the crew was constantly arguing with mission control and each other. None of the Apollo 7 astronauts went back to space after that.

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