Episode Details: Launch of Apollo 7.
Launch Date: October 11, 1968
Duration: 11 days.
Audio Segment Start: -00:00:01:10 Ground Elapsed Time (GET)
Audio Segment End: 00:00:02:00 GET
Objective: Earth orbital test flight to check out the redesigned Command/Service Module (CSM).
Crew: Walter M. Schirra Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and Walter Cunningham
Remarks: This was the first manned Apollo mission. And the only mission where the Saturn 1B booster was used. All other missions used the more powerful Saturn V, but it wasn’t necessary in this case as it was Earth orbital only. The CSM had been redesigned after the tragic Apollo 1 fire. The crew transmitted the first live broadcast television aboard an American manned spacecraft.