Astronaut James McDivitt, Apollo 9 commander, dies at 93


              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, Apollo 9 astronauts, left to right, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart pose in front of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would launch the Apollo 8 crew. The launch of the Apollo 9 (Saturn V launch vehicle, SA-504) took place on March 3, 1969. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              In this undated photo provided by NASA, astronaut James A. McDivitt poses for a picture. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (NASA via AP)
            
              FILE - Apollo 13 commander James A. Lovell Jr., left, is greeted by Col. James A. McDivitt, center, and Col. Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin after the Apollo 13 crew arrived back home, Sunday, April 20, 1970, in Houston. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (AP Photo/File)
            
              FILE - Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, right, joins three astronauts at the awards ceremony at NASA in Washington, March 26, 1969. Astronauts who manned Apollo 9 are, from left: Russell Schweikart, Col. David Scott, Col. James McDivitt and Agnew. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges, File)
            
              FILE - Vice President Spiro Agnew holds a framed American flag, presented to him by the crew of Apollo 9, as he poses with the astronauts March 26, 1969, in Washington. From left: Russell Schweikart, Agnew, and Air Force Cols. David Scott and James McDivitt. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He was 93. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges, File)
Astronaut James McDivitt, Apollo 9 commander, dies at 93