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From: Reston, VA, USA
Registered: Jun 2010

posted 04-10-2013 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gleopold   Click Here to Email gleopold     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a recent article by Ben Evans:
Gemini IV — the first mission to adopt a Roman-numeral form of designation — would include Jim McDivitt and Ed White for a seven-day test.
In other words, the first flight was designated Gemini 3, then Gemini IV, V, VI and so on.

Does anyone know if this in correct?


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From: Streamwood, IL USA
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posted 04-10-2013 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not believe so. NASA was uncharacteristically inconsistent with flight designations during the Gemini Program.

There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to the designations used during the program. I have contemporary NASA documents that reference Gemini III, Gemini 8, etc. Even some documents for the same mission varied. A Fact Sheet from the MSC in Texas references Gemini VIII while a booklet from KSC in Florida discusses Gemini 8.

Even the mission patches designed by the crews are a mix. Gemini 6 used an Arabic "6" while Gemini 7 used a Roman Numeral "VII."

For my sanity I always use Roman Numerals for Gemini and Apollo missions and Arabic numbering for Mercury, Skylab, and Shuttle missions. There are many, however, who do not know how to read them.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 04-10-2013 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From NASA SP-4203, "On the Shoulders of Titans":
Officially the flight of Gemini 3, unofficially it was the voyage of "Molly Brown." ...Later spacecraft were officially referred to by a Roman numeral, although a few had nicknames as well.
From NASA SP-4402, "Origins of NASA Names":
Until 1969, NASA chose roman numerals to designate successful flight missions, although there were notable exceptions.

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