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Gus Grissom jokes for the camera of LIFE-photographer Ralph Morse, as fellow-astronauts Gordon Cooper, Elliot See and Neil Armstrong smile. Behind the car is NASA-photographer Bill Taub. The men were at Cape Kennedy to visit the Complex 19 facilities a few days before the launch of the unmanned Gemini 1 spacecraft in April 1964.
|East-Frisian||I thought, Gus' sign was not used to that time, but in the 1980 years. I have learned a little bit more.|
|Lasv3||You're absolutely right. In mid-sixties it meant "Look, I've just cut my finger." |
|garymilgrom||Neil looks cocky to me - an unusual pose for him. Everyone looks upbeat and positive. Beautiful photographic summary of the gung ho confidence displayed by all in those early days.|
|heng44||I guess it must have been a great feeling, driving under the Florida sun in the knowledge that you are an astronaut. I would feel cocky too!|
|Tom||Ed... love looking at those Gemini era photos!|
Do any exist of the astronauts actually viewing the launch of Gemini 1 (or 2)? Thank you!
|heng44||John Young and Jim McDivitt were in the blockhouse for the launch of Gemini 1. The Group3 astronauts watched from a viewing stand.|
|mach3valkyrie||Can you imagine cruisin' around in a ragtop with these guys?! What a neat shot. Maybe Gus is ordering 1 root beer float at a drive-in. |
quote: Thanks, Ed. (I knew you'd have them...)
Originally posted by heng44:
John Young and Jim McDivitt were in the blockhouse for the launch of Gemini 1. The Group 3 astronauts watched from a viewing stand.
Sad seeing two astronauts there that came so close, but never got a chance to fly.
|canyon42||Who is that covering his eyes behind Charlie Bassett?|
|Jerry Brouillette||'Who's that behind those Foster Grants?'|