Gemini 4, 1st ed. 2018
An Astronaut Steps into the Void

Space Exploration Series

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Language: Anglais
Cover of the book Gemini 4

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second manned Gemini flight;Ten Mercury missions;Build up to Mercury launches;Gemini as Apollo stepping stone;Post-Mercury NASA flights;Gemini flights;Gemini orbital experiments;Gemini 1965

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The flight of Gemini 4 in June 1965 was conducted barely four years after the first Americans flew in space. It was a bold step by NASA to accomplish the first American spacewalk and to extend the U.S. flight duration record to four days. This would be double the experience gained from the six Mercury missions combined.

This daring mission was the first to be directed from the new Mission Control at the Manned Spacecraft Center near Houston, Texas. It also revealed that: 

  • Working outside the spacecraft would require further study.
  • Developing the techniques to rendezvous with another object in space would not be as straightforward as NASA had hoped.
  • Living in a small spacecraft for several days was a challenging but necessary step in the quest for even longer flights.
Despite the risks, the gamble that astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed White undertook paid off. Gemini 4 gave NASA the confidence to attempt an even longer flight the next time. That next mission would simulate the planned eight-day duration of an Apollo lunar voyage. Its story is recounted in the next title in this series: Gemini 5: Eight Days in Space or Bust.

Preface.- Chapter 1: Stepping into the void.- Chapter 2: Dressed for the occasion.- Chapter 3: Jim and Ed.- Chapter 4: Steps towards space.- Chapter 5: School for controllers.- Chapter 6: "We're on our way, buddy!".- Chapter 7: He's out! He's floating free.- Chapter 8: A streamlined Gemini capsule.- Chapter 9: Something else up here.- Chapter 10: This thing isn't very big.- Chapter 11: Computer malfunction.- Chapter 12: Final orbits.- Chapter 13: "We're about ready to come down!.- Chapter 14: Post-flight.- Chapter 15: A significant contribution.- Appendices.- Bibliography.- About the author.- Other works by the author.- Index.
Details the first American spacewalk in a leap forward from the Mercury program

Follows each detail of Gemini's extended duration flight, NASA's first, relying extensively on archives

Continues the Pioneers in Early Spaceflight series which looks one-by-one at the Mercury and Gemini flights