Rusty Schweickart

American astronaut

Russell Louis "Rusty" Schweickart (born October 25, 1935) was a former American astronaut. Schweickart was selected in 1963 for NASA's third astronaut group. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on the 1969 Apollo 9 mission, the first crewed flight test of the lunar module, on which he performed the first in-space test of the portable life support system used by the Apollo astronauts who walked on the Moon.



  • What it is you identify with begins to shift. When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognise that your identity is with that whole thing.
    • Quoted in "The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution" by Frank White

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