The launch of Apollo 7, October 11, 1968.
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In 1968 on this date, Apollo 7, carrying Astronauts R. Walter Cunningham, Donn F. Eisele, and Walter M. “Wally” Schirra Jr., successfully launched into Earth orbit. This first manned flight of the Apollo program tested maneuvering and docking capabilities of the spacecraft design. NASA’s full press kit from the time may be viewed or downloaded here.