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Apollo 7
Mission insignia
Mission statistics
Mission name Apollo 7
Command Module CM-101
Service Module SM-101
Spacecraft mass 36,419 pounds (16,519 kg)
Crew size 3
Call sign Apollo 7
Booster Saturn IB SA-205
Launch pad LC-34
Cape Kennedy AFS
Florida, U.S.
Launch date October 11, 1968
15:02:45 UTC
Landing October 22, 1968
11:11:48 UTC
North Atlantic Ocean
27°32′N 64°04′W / 27.533°N 64.067°W / 27.533; -64.067 (Apollo 7 splashdown)
Mission duration 10 d 20 h 09 m 03 s
Number of orbits 163
Apogee 160 nautical miles (300 km)
Perigee 125 nautical miles (232 km)
Orbital period 89.78 m
Orbital inclination 31.63°
Crew photo
Left to right: Eisele, Schirra, Cunningham
Left to right: Eisele, Schirra, Cunningham
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Apollo 7 was a mission in the NASA's Apollo program. It was the first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned US space flight after Apollo 1 disaster. The mission was a C type mission. Apollo 7 was launched on October 11, 1968 and stayed in space for 10 days, 20 hours, 9 minutes and three seconds.[1]:76 It orbited the Earth. Apollo 7 was the first manned launch of the Saturn IB launch vehicle and the first three-person US space mission. The crew were Commander Walter M. Schirra, with Command Module Pilot Donn Eisele and Lunar Module Pilot R. Walter Cunningham. The mission was designed to test the re-made Block II Apollo Command/Service Module. The crew orbited in Earth orbit so that they could check life-support, propulsion and control systems. The mission was a success. It gave NASA the confidence to launch Apollo 8 later.


  1. Furniss, Tim (2001). The History of Space Vehicles. London: Grange Books. ISBN 1-84013-370-8 .

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