Saturday, April 28, 2012

Photos: Ghosts of Gemini Space Missions

Photos: Ghosts of Gemini

Forgotten photos show the human face of NASA's early astronaut program.

  • By Tony Reichhardt
  •, March 20, 2012

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NASA/JSC/Arizona State University

Gemini was the middle child of the early space program, the one we always have trouble remembering. Mercury had the right stuff, Apollo had the moon. Gemini had…hardware demonstrations. Yet these two-man missions—10 over the course of 20 months in 1965 and 1966—worked out some of the fundamentals of spaceflight, from spacewalking to orbital docking.

The Gemini astronauts also took some of the most memorable photos in NASA history. You’d think we would have seen them all by now. But with NASA's help and funding, a team of researchers at Arizona State University led by lunar scientist Mark Robinson has retrieved from the archives (and scanned at high resolution) dozens of outtakes that never made it into wide circulation.


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