Apollo 7 launched on 11 October 1966, the first U.S. three-man space mission, commanded by Captain Walter M. Schirra Jr., USN. Major Ronnie Walter Cunningham (USMCR) served as lunar module pilot. The mission lasted 10 days and 20 hours. Within that period, the Apollo Command and Service Module systems were thoroughly tested. The mission was also the first live television broadcast from space. Recovery was by HS-5 helicopters from USS Essex (CVS-9).
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