Launched on October 11,
1968 Apollo 7 was to demonstrate command service module/crew performance,
demonstrate crew/space vehicle/mission support facilities, and demonstrate
command service module rendezvous capabilities. Apollo 7's crew included
Walter Schirra, Don Eisele, and Walter Cunningham. 11 minutes after
launch, Apollo 7 was in elliptical orbit of Earth where it docked with the
third stage of the Saturn IB rocket.
Many rendezvous took place
between the lunar module and the command and service module. On many
occasions the windows in the command and service module would fog up due
to improperly cured sealant compound. Other problems soon emerged like
astronauts having colds due to no gravity. Although many problems emerged
Apollo 7 was still successful.
Apollo 7 completed all of
its objectives despite its problems. After dumping the lunar module in
orbit, Apollo 7 began its journey home. Apollo 7 splashed down on October
Schirra, Don Eisele, and Walter Cunningham.