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randy
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posted 03-08-2014 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When was the horizon scanner on the nose of the Gemini spacecraft jettisoned?

The cover was jettisoned after launch. I can't find any references or pictures of it after that, except after splashdown, and it isn't there in any pictures. Thanks.

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posted 03-08-2014 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both scanner heads were jettisoned at the same time the retrograde module was jettisoned. This was accomplished when one of the crew pushed the JETT RETRO switch on the left side of Gemini's center display panel.

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posted 03-08-2014 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info.

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posted 03-08-2014 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are welcome.

As info, the only images I have seen of the horizon scanner heads were taken during the Gemini 7/6 mission. There might have been one taken during Gene Cernan's Gemini 9 EVA, but my memory is foggy on that one.

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