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[i]GRISSOM: Single-point release was the biggest surprise of the whole flight. When I hit that single-point release, landing-attitude button, I thought all hell had broken loose. For a minute, I thought maybe the whole chute had broken loose.
YOUNG: I thought it had fallen off.
GRISSOM: Threw us forward and broke my faceplate. I surely was glad to look back up and see the chute up there.
YOUNG: When the single-point releases, it allows the spacecraft nose to fall to 45°. Just fall, that's what it did.
GRISSOM: It's like driving along at 20 or 30 miles an hour and running into a brick wall. It really snaps you forward! I probably wouldn't have broken my faceplate, if it hadn't been for the reticle knob below the window.
YOUNG: I am sure I hit just as hard as Gus did.
GRISSOM: You know we talked about the reticle knob a long time ago and felt there was no way of getting rammed up against there. We didn't worry about it.
GRISSOM: In fact, if my faceplate hadn't been closed, I'd probably have it right through my head. The faceplate just slowed my acceleration enough to stop me. It was an abrupt change. You don't notice it on a film like GT-2.[/i] [/B][/QUOTE]
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