Apollo 9 Art

By Russell Arasmith

 

 

 

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Below is a selection of beautiful drawings by noted artist Russell Arasmith. These were used by NASA to illustrate the Apollo 9 mission.
Each photograph has the plate number on the lower left corner. Plate 3 is missing as the negative was too damaged to use. Here is the NASA text for the missing third plate:

Plate 3 -  "Cutaway of spring device that pushes the docked vehicles clear of the third stage".

The NASA description is given for each plate below.

 

 

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Apollo 9 - Plate 2

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

Command module and attached service module separates from third stage and four petal-like panels making up lunar module adapter section are ejected to export the lunar module. Command/service modules separate to distance of about 50 feet then turn around and return to dock nose first with lunar module.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 4

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

Legs of lunar module are extended and service rocket is burned for first time on mission. This drawing illustrates first service rocket burn on first day or any one of three service rocket burns on second day of the mission. Lunar module is still unoccupied at the time. The three crewmen remain in the command module.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 5

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

Cutaway of day three activities. Crewmen leave third team member in command module and enter lunar module through docking tunnel. One astronaut shown entering through tunnel while the other is already at one of two side-by-side standing stations in LM. The latter looks out of docking window.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 6

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

After two crewmen check out lunar lander, they power up vehicle for test of lunar module descent engine. This is throttle able rocket in lower stage of two stage moon landing vehicle that will be used on future landings missions to lower men to the moon’s surface.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 7

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

LM crewmen re-enter command module for rest after third day’s activities, then return through tunnel on froth day fro EVA activity or space walk. This drawing shows McDivitt at LM control station, while Schweickart, wearing back-pack life-support system, crawls backward out of forward hatch to begin tethered trip to docked command module and back. He will use shoe restraints on platform at right to position himself in zero gravity. LM is depressurised at this point and both men wear pressurized space suits.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 8

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

Interior view of McDivitt, left, at standing station in LM, watching Schweickart back slowly out of forward hatch to begin space walk of about two hours. Schweickart wears backpack life-support system. The cable restraints hold McDivitt in position.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 9

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

Astronaut Schweickart shown on space walk (EVA) between vehicles on forth day to demonstrate the lunar module crewmen could return to command module be tether line in case docking tunnel is blocked for some reason. He will use handrail up face of lunar module and handgrips on command module. Plan is for him to step into open hatch of command module (lower torso) then return to lunar module.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 10

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

On Fifth day, Lunar Module crew returns to lander (leaving Scott in command ship) and the two spacecraft are separated for manoeuvres. After tow vehicles are positioned as planned, the lunar module’s descent (lower) stage is jettisoned, leaving tow-man crew in upper or ascent stage. Drawing shows separation of two stages.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 11

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

Here the ascent stage engine is fired to place upper stage of landing vehicle on proper orbit fro rendezvous with command ship. Two spacecraft must rendezvous, dock, so lunar module crewmen can return to command craft for re-entry. Lunar module is designed only for space/lunar operations and cannot re-enter earth’s atmosphere without burning up.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 12

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

View through window of command module as lunar module manoeuvres through final sequence to complete docking operation. Lighted reticule on window will help Astronaut Scott check lineup of two vehicles by placing cross lines on target just to left of lunar module’s docking cone

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Apollo 9 - Plate 13

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

After docking, Lunar Module crew will return to command module and the lunar module ascent stage will be separated from the command module for a long duration burn that will place it (unmanned) in a high elliptical orbit. Then, for rest of mission, day 6 through day 10, the pace will be more leisurely, and Apollo’s service rocket will be burned several more times, including a de-orbit burn to initiate re-entry, as shown in drawing.

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Apollo 9 - Plate 1

  10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

Cutaway shows top portion of Saturn V / Apollo 9 Stack

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