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From: Netherlands
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posted 07-05-2005 05:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

A rare view of the Gemini 5 prime and backup crews: left to right are Elliot See, Neil Armstrong, Pete Conrad and Gordo Cooper. The photo was taken at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston as the crews were announced on February 8, 1965.

Ed Hengeveld


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posted 07-05-2005 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As always, a great photo you've shared. This one is of particular interest to me, as it is one of a rare few that actually shows the all-civilian backup crew of Elliot See and Neil Armstrong. Under the rotation system they should have flown as the prime crew on GT-8, but for whatever (and unknown) reason, Deke decided to split them up and assign See to command GT-9.


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posted 07-05-2005 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There have been books over the years that have gathered together some of the most well known space photos; the launch of MA-6, Ed White's spacewalk, Dave Scott in the CM hatch on AS-9, Aldrin on the moon (obviously) and the launch of STS-1.

However I have always felt there should be a collection of the 'unseen' photos that define the history of spaceflight equally well. Ed's pictures certainly fit the bill - keep 'em coming Ed.


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posted 07-05-2005 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for quantumleap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't hold me to this as I'll need to double-check this when I get back home, but I seem to remember it noted in some book that the reason Elliot See got bumped from GT-8 to GT-9 was because in addition to the first docking attempt, GT-8 was to feature a significant spacewalk by the Pilot. There were concerns about See's fitness level for such an activity and so Dave Scott, considered fitter and stronger, got placed on the GT-8 crew instead.


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posted 07-05-2005 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the great photo, Ed.


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posted 07-06-2005 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone else look at that picture, shake their head and say, "Nah, Neil was never that young."


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posted 10-09-2012 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hard to believe all four of these guys are no longer with us.


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posted 10-10-2012 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent point. That hurts, doesn't it?

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