Barton C. Hacker: Project Gemini Annotated and Illustrated NASA History Series



Ect of the Gemini program was the manner in which the astronauts contributed to the success of each mission In the flying of the spacecraft in the management of the systems in the overcoming of problems and in the aid to attainment of important scientific and technological information their presence enhanced greatly the success of the program They were backed up by a large and edicated team of people here on the ground who A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, designedeveloped and checked out the vehicles and controlled the flights The Chronology presented herein as a factual presentation of events taken primarily from official First Blood documentation of the program It therefore cannot reflect many of the behind the scenes activities so important to the conduct of a successful program involving exploratory endeavors The high motivation to make the Gemini program work the rapid reaction in overcomingifficulties large and small and the attention to The Palliser Novels detail are all factors contributing to the ten successful manned flights which provided nearly two thousand man hours ofirect space flight experience This book outlines the entire chronology of the Project Gemini Program from conception to completion Over 300 pages and 120 photos and illustrations Table of contents is hyperlinked for easy navigatio.

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Gemini was one of the early pioneering efforts in the Men And Gods In Mongolia developing space capability of this nation The initiation of this program was timed to take advantage of the knowledge gained in our first series of manned space flights Project Mercury The Mercury program successfullyemonstrated manned orbital flight Perhaps important it provided extensive information on how to build and fly spacecraft for the complex missions yet to come Drawing on this experience the Gemini program was able to produce for its time a highly flexible space vehicle of considerable operational capability These characteristics enabled a rapid expansion of American flight horizonsThe most significant achievements of Gemini involved precision maneuvering in orbit and a major extension of the Hunter Killer (Pike Logan duration of manned space flights These included the first rendezvous in orbit of one spacecraft with another and theocking of two spacecraft together The Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, docking operation allowed the use of a large propulsion system to carry men to greater heights above Earth than had been previously possible thereby enabling the astronauts to view and photograph Earth over extensive areas Precision maneuvering was also employeduring the very high speed reentry back to the surface of Earth enabling accurate.

Landings to be made The length of our manned space flights was extended to as long as 14 The Friend Zone daysOf great general interest were the investigations of the operations of an astronaut outside the confines of his spacecraft protected from the hard vacuum of space by his pressurized space suit These extravehicular activitiesid in fact produce some Flying Scotsman Manual difficulties but in the end highly successful operations were conductedAll of these activities have greatly contributed to expanding activities in space that we now have underway or will be forthcoming In Apollo the program involved with landing men on the lunar surface the crews must be transported roughly 240000 miles to the Moon and then back to Earth This trip will take a week or The Apollo spacecraft must perform a rendezvous not near Earth but out at lunaristances in order for this mission to be successful Once again the astronauts must leave their spacecraft and in their pressure suits step out onto the lunar surface so that scientific exploration can be conducted The fact that all of these things were initially Alpha (Shifters, demonstrated and then investigated further in a number of the Gemini missions greatly aids theevelopment of the ifficult missions that we are about to undertakePerhaps the most significant asp.