Here is my flown, complete, 'Apollo IX LM-3 Final Flight Crew G&N Dictionary', Part Number 'SKB32100016-301', Serial Number '1001', date February 24, 1969. This was McDiviitt's personal copy and flew in space with him throughout the Apollo 9 Mission. He took this into the Lunar Module and used it during the first ever flight of the LM in a space environment.
Apollo 9, was the third manned mission in the United States Apollo space program and the first flight of the Command/Service Module (CSM) with the Lunar Module (LM). Its three-person crew, consisting of Commander James McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott, and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, tested several aspects critical to landing on the Moon, including the LM engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, and docking maneuvers. The mission was the second manned launch of a Saturn V rocket.
After launching on March 3, 1969, McDivitt, Scott, and Schweickart spent ten days in low Earth orbit. They performed the first manned flight of a LM, the first docking and extraction of a LM, two spacewalks, and the second docking of two manned spacecraft.
McDivitt and Schweickart later test-flew the LM, and practiced separation and docking maneuvers in Earth orbit. They flew the LM up to 111 miles (179 km) from the CSM, using the engine on the descent stage to propel them originally, before jettisoning it and using the ascent stage to return. This test flight represented the first flight of a manned spacecraft that was not equipped to reenter the Earth's atmosphere...
AND THIS PIECE OF SPACE HISTORY WAS WITNESS TO IT ALL!!!
'APOLLO IX LM-3 FINAL FLIGHT CREW G&N DICTIONARY'
On 3/24/2012 my wife and I met with Apollo 9 Commander McDivitt in Tucson AZ. During this meeting McDivitt was shown this Apollo 9 LM G&N Dictionary and personally confirmed that this item flew with him on the Apollo 9 Mission. While looking through the Dictionary, McDivitt showed us page 'PGNS 1/Star List', and advised that as a tribute to Apollo 1 Astronauts Virgil I. 'Gus' Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Ed White II, the Apollo 9 crew named three stars listed on this page after the three Apollo 1 astronauts. McDivitt showed us that Star Number 3, listed as 'Navi' in the Dictionary, was actually 'Ivan' spelled backward in honor of Grissom whose middle name was 'Ivan'. He advised that Star Nummber 17, listed as 'Regor' in the Dictionary, was actually 'Roger' spelled backward in honor of Roger Chaffee. He advised that Star Number 20, listed as 'Dnoces' in the Dictionary, was actually 'Second' spelled backward in honor of Edward H. White II (the Second).
MYSELF, MCDIVITT, AND THE DICTIONARY
I am holding the Dictionary.
McDivitt is holding my other Apollo 9 flown item, a 'Docking and Post Docking Leading to LM Jettison' cue card which also flew with McDivitt on Apollo 9.
OTHER INTERESTING PAGES WITH HANDWRITTEN NOTATIONS
APOLLO 9 LAUNCH
APOLLO 9 SPLASHDOWN