• Short Summary

    After this one, two more Gemini missions remain to be flown - and then the manned space program will concentrate chiefly on the Apollo project, getting a man on the moon.

  • Description

    After this one, two more Gemini missions remain to be flown - and then the manned space program will concentrate chiefly on the Apollo project, getting a man on the moon.

    Gemini 11 is set for September 13th, less than two months away - and Gemini 12 will fly in November, about two months after the 11 mission.

    The spacecraft for the next Gemini flight arrived at the skid-strip at Cape Kennedy about two weeks ago, flown in from the manufacturing plant in St. Louis.

    The spacecraft is essentially the same as the one being used on the previous flight. it's the same size and is designed for another three-day mission.

    At the Cape, the Spacecraft will be thoroughly checked out by technicians of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, the manufacturers; and by space agency people.

    The Gemini 11 mission will be one of the most difficult of all flights in this series, because the flight plan calls for a "direct ascent" rendezvous.

    This means that once the Agena 11 is in orbit, the Gemini 11 crew will try to catch up by shooting directly into the same orbit. In other words, straight up.

    Up to now, the manoeuvres for rendezvous have required three and four revolutions before the two vehicles met in space. The direct ascent method would be quicker, of course but the Gemini launch would be confined to seconds.

    The next time we see this spacecraft it will be sitting on top of the Titan Two booster as those few seconds to lift-off approach for the straight-up rendezvous with the Agena.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2ZUQVVHU1C62W5KG8EC9JPIM3
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ZUQVVHU1C62W5KG8EC9JPIM3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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