Apollo austronaut recalls moon landing

July 16, 2009 12:55:50 PM PDT
An Apollo astronaut living in the bay area fondly recalled the 1969 launch.

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Rusty Schweikart lives in Sonoma. He was aboard Apollo Nine, one of the missions that helped set the stage for the moon landing.

On that mission, he became the first to fly the lunar landing module and he tested spacesuits future moonwalkers would use.

"We did basically everything we could to check out the Lunmar Modulein preparation for going out to the moon, I went outside with the backpack on, the self-supporting backpack with all the life-support stuff in it, which my friends would later use to run around on the moon later," said Schweikart.

Schweikart vividly remembers watching the moon landing from mission control in Houston, and sitting with Buzz Aldrin's family when the Apollo 11 astronauts first stepped onto the moon.

He says it was an exciting time.

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