The U.S. space agency released this film of the most complicated manoeuvre ever made in?
The U.S. space agency released this film of the most complicated manoeuvre ever made in space. During the Apollo 9 flight, the moon landing ship separated from the command shop and operated on its own for more than 6 hours before they were enjoined.
The separation took place on the fifth day of the 10-day flight. The moment of separation is the first scene of the film. It was taken by Astronauts David Scott in the command spacecraft. Astronauts James McDivitt and Russell Schweikart were in the moon landing craft. After separation, Scot fired the command ship's thrusters to draw away from the moon landing ship. Later, McDivitt fired the descent engine and the moon ship pulled away.
The second scene shows the command ship in space as seen from the moon ship. By firing the moon ship's descent engine at various stages of the flight, it eventually reached a point more than 100 miles from the command ships.
The final scene shows the moon ship upside down with its legs extended as they will be for a moon landing. Eventually, it returned to the command ship, and completed a successful docking. The purpose of the exercise was to show that astronauts could rejoin the command ship after landing of the moon in the lunar craft.