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This Apollo 9 Flown Launch Abort/Emergency Checklist consists of 24 (12 double-sided) heavy, card stock pages and has been signed by the entire crew. This checklist was stored in the Lunar Module Pilot’s spacesuit pressure garment assembly pocket on his right leg (image for reference above) throughout the entire mission, including during the EVA, ready should anything go wrong. It's function was a crisis management guide which would assist the astronauts in the event of a problem during launch or cancellation of the mission in extremis.
The checklist came from the collection of Commander James McDivitt and includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McDivitt, as well images of the crew signing the checklist and the stowage assembly page where the checklist is listed. Also signed on the inner front page by CDR James McDivitt, CMP Pilot Dave Scott and LMP Rusty Schweickart, they each add ''Flown on Apollo 9''.
The purpose of the Apollo 9 EVA was to test whether or not an astronaut would be able to climb from one spacecraft to the other if for some unexpected reason, the LM and CM failed to dock with each other while in orbit around the moon. If this were ever to happen, a spacewalk from the Lunar Module to the Command Module would be the crew's only ticket home. However, the EVA wasn't destined to go smoothly, in fact, Dave Scott's camera failed just as Schweickart started the EVA transfer up the LM handrail. The benefit of this problem did give Rusty the 5 minute experience of a lifetime, in which he let go of the handrail with one hand, allowing him to swing around and look at the Earth below him, the black space above and the sun over his shoulder.
You can watch a video of LMP Rusty Schweickart talk about his experience during the EVA by clicking HERE.
Checklist Page Information:
Additional Information: The front page originally read ''LMP CHECKLIST'', but ''LMP'' has been crossed out and ''Launch Abort/Emergency'' has been written in. The is the back cover and a ring, research and discussions with Jim McDivitt conclude that the checklist was repurposed prior to launch. Additionally, the certificate which is signed by CDR McDivitt shows him holding the repurposed checklist.