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This chart, created in August 1968 for Apollo Mission 7, preserves the official mapping of the mission's trajectory and provides a comprehensive overview of the ground track from revolutions 17 through 169. Prepared by the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center of the United States Air Force for NASA, this first edition chart is a testament to the planning and coordination required for the Apollo missions.

Apollo Mission 7, a key mission in the Apollo program, was instrumental in testing the Apollo Command/Service Module, the primary spacecraft component for the lunar missions. 

The chart employs the Mercator projection and is scaled at 1:40,000,000 at the Equator, presenting a global view with marked "Planned Landing Zone Symbols" in the West Atlantic, East Atlantic, West Pacific, and Mid-Pacific regions. These zones, highlighted with grey circles in the ocean, denote the areas designated for potential spacecraft recovery, emphasizing the global scope of the Apollo missions. The reverse side of the chart, detailing ground track coordinates for specific revolutions, illustrates the thoroughness of trajectory mapping.

Additional features include a legend indicating international boundaries, capital cities, other cities, airfields, tracking station categories, and symbols for tracking limits based on spacecraft altitude and antenna coverage.

Apollo 7, launched on October 11, 1968, marked a pivotal moment in NASA's Apollo program, signifying a triumphant return to manned spaceflight following the tragic Apollo 1 mission. As the first manned mission of the Apollo program, it played a critical role in testing the Apollo Command and Service Module (CSM) under real spaceflight conditions. Commanded by Walter M. Schirra, with astronauts Donn F. Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham as crew, Apollo 7 orbited the Earth for 11 days, providing essential data on the performance and safety of the CSM. The mission's success was fundamental in establishing the confidence and technical reliability needed for subsequent lunar missions, including the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

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Very minor spots of toning.