Schweickart, Rusty, 1935-

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Rusty Schweickart (b. October 25, 1935, Neptune Township, NJ) is an American aeronautical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut, research scientist, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as well as a former business executive and government executive.

Selected in 1963 for NASA's third astronaut group, he is best known as the Lunar Module Pilot on the 1969 Apollo 9 mission, the first manned 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. As backup Commander of the first manned Skylab mission in 1973, he was responsible for developing the hardware and procedures used by the first crew to perform critical in-flight repairs of the Skylab station. After Skylab, he served for a time as Director of User Affairs in NASA's Office of Applications.

Schweickart left NASA in 1977 to serve for two years as California Governor Jerry Brown's assistant for science and technology, then was appointed by Brown to California's Energy Commission for five and a half years, serving as chairman for three. In 1984–85 he co-founded the Association of Space Explorers and later in 2002 co-founded the B612 Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending Earth from asteroid impacts, along with fellow former astronaut Ed Lu and two planetary scientists. He served for a period as its chair before becoming its chair emeritus.

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referencedIn AS09-20-3053 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Schweickart during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-19-2976 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - EVA of LM Pilot Schweikart United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-20-3153 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Russell L. Schweickart United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-19-2982 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn AS09-19-2995 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-23-3595 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Schweickart in CM cabin United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn APOLLO NINE SPECIAL #63: SCHWEICKART'S DREAM COMES TRUE United States. National Archives and Records Administration
AS09-19-2995 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Beardsley, Irene A., collector. American Women's Himalayan Expedition, Inc. : files, 1974-1984 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn AS09-19-2993 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-20-3156 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Russell L. Schweickart United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-23-3598 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Schweickart in CM cabin United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-19-2981 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-19-2994 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn ASTRONAUT JUNGLE SURVIVAL TRAINING
referencedIn AS09-20-3095 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Schweickart during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-19-2997 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn AS09-19-2983 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn ASTRONAUTS RECEIVE SURVIVAL TRAINING
referencedIn AS09-19-2984 - Apollo 9 - Apollo 9 Mission image - Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, lunar module pilot, during EVA United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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memberOf American astronautical society corporateBody
memberOf American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics corporateBody
associatedWith Beardsley, Irene A. person
associatedWith Brown, Jerry, 1938-.... person
memberOf California academy of sciences corporateBody
memberOf California Energy Commission corporateBody
memberOf International Academy of Astronautics corporateBody
memberOf Massachusetts. Air National Guard corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Massachusetts Institute of Technology corporateBody
associatedWith Scott, David Randolph, 1932- person
memberOf United States. Air Force corporateBody
employeeOf United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration corporateBody
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Neptune City NJ US
California CA US
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