The Gemini-Five astronauts, Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad, held their post flight news conferences on September 9 at the manned space flight centre in Houston.
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Background: The Gemini-Five astronauts, Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad, held their post flight news conferences on September 9 at the manned space flight centre in Houston.
The astronauts talked for over one and one-half hours and described the eighty-day, record-breaking flight as her perfect.
The news conference wound up their formal eleven-day de-briefing.Cooper called the August 21st lift-off from Cape Kennedy as "very smooth, very positive".
Cooper said, "Neither one of us felt there was any doubt as the Titan-Two rocket and its capsule soared into the heavens."
Cooper said he had heard a lot of talk about fuel cell failure, but he said the cells worked perfectly, and that the cierogenics system has the failure that gave them trouble.
Conrad told the reporters that the two had performed some of all the experiments they had been scheduled to.
Cooper and Conrad were both surprised with the low noise level within the space capsule.They did find, however, that if one tried to work while the other was asleep that noise created would wake up the astronaut who was sleeping.They both decided things worked better if they both slept at the same time.
Cooper said he made the decision to abandon attempts to come close to a rendezvous evaluation pod ejected from the Gemini-Five spacecraft on its second orbit.