Astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell today (Friday) sped into their final day of man's longest space voyage, in the Gemini-7 capsule.
Astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell today (Friday) sped into their final day of man's longest space voyage, in the Gemini-7 capsule. On the ground, at the Houston space centre in Texas, dramatic film of their historic rendezvous in space with Gemini-6 was shown to newsmen. The pictures ranked in clarity with those of Gemini-4 space-walker Ed White.
In the film, Borman and Lovell's craft is etched sharply against the snowy white of the earth's cloud-cover and the vivid blue sky. Gemini-7 hovered in apparent motionless flight only a few feet from Gemini-6, from which astronauts Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford were operating their cameras. They filmed a 15-foot (5-metre) strip of material flapping from the base of Gemini-7. It surprised Borman and Lovell when it banged against Lovell's window a few hours after their spacecraft was launched on December 4.
Here's how the Gemini Project manager explained the film to newsmen:--
Meanwhile, Schirra and Stafford arrived at Cape Kennedy as their film was being shown in Houston. The pair flew from the aircraft carrier Wasp, which took them aboard following their one-day trip into a space for the rendezvous.