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Apollo 7

The Apollo 7 mission was launched on Oct. 11, 1968, carrying astronauts Walter Schirra, Jr., Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham on board. It successfully accomplished all its objectives, giving NASA and the Apollo space program much confidence following the Apollo 1 disaster.

Apollo 7 spent eleven days making 163 orbits around Earth, proving that its command module would last long enough to make a trip to the Moon possible. Although the astronauts all developed unpleasant colds, and complained about food, they enjoyed the large cabin size, bigger than those of the Gemini spacecrafts.

Apollo 7 also returned the first live television pictures from space. It earned public and government support for a mission to the Moon, accomplished by the Apollo 8 mission, only months later.

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