Gemini Flies!, 1st ed. 2018
Unmanned Flights and the First Manned Mission
Space Exploration Series
Author: Shayler David J.Language: Anglais
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In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the United States to landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade. With just a handful of years to pull it off, NASA authorized the Project Gemini space program, which gathered vital knowledge needed to achieve the nation?s goal. This book introduces the crucial three-step test program employed by the Gemini system, covering:
- The short unmanned orbital flight of Gemini 1 that tested the compatibility of launch vehicle, spacecraft and ground systems.
- The unmanned suborbital flight of Gemini 2 to establish the integrity of the reentry system and protective heat shield.
- The three-orbit manned evaluation flight of Gemini 3, christened ?Molly Brown? by her crew. A mission recalled orbit by orbit, using mission transcripts, post-flight reports and the astronauts? own account of their historic journey.