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heng44
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posted 02-16-2007 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To inaugurate the new forum, I am posting this week's picture a day early.

Gus Grissom stands with Lola Morrow near the Gemini Mission Simulator at Cape Kennedy in this photo from the collection of J.L. Pickering. Lola, who is a regular at this forum, calls this photo one of her favorites. It was taken during training for Gemini-3 in late 1964. Lola says that Gus not only was training for that flight, but Deke Slayton also gave him the responsibility of getting the astronaut offices and quarters set up in the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building at KSC. Gus then delegated that job to Lola. She says: "The paper you see him looking at was a purchase order for JC Penney, in which I had listed the number of linens I would need for setting up the beds, bathroom, etc. It had to be expedited that day as we were getting ready to house the crew and I was given very short notice! I needed Gus's signature, so I could take the purchase order to Penney's in town to pick up the linens I had ordered and get them set up in the quarters that day!"

"Gus had a crush on me, which I ignored. He also had a crush on Barbara Bel Geddes and Joanna Woodward and I was told I had a resemblance. So he had me go over the list, how many sheets, towels etc. were needed. I kept saying: Major Grissom, you really don't have to take the time to do this, it's all there. He was just keeping me there for whatever reason. I was getting short on patience as I had to leave the MSOB to go to the Flight Crew Training Building to get his signature and still have time to get to Penney's, then set up the beds and bathrooms, which all is very time-consuming. On top of it all, that is when the KSC photographer needed a photo that day for the newsletter article. So we had to pose for that. By the time I got the linens and all, the maids had gone home, so I stayed overtime to make up the beds etc. Penney's had to back order white towels, and gave me pink ones to use instead. Gus and John Young's reaction was quite funny."

Lola says: "Ourside of the NASA family, everyone thinks that I was just a secretary and it's OK if I leave it at that. NASA didn't have a classifiction for "Den Mother". However, the real position varied so much ..I was a gal friday, confidane, big sister, den mother, public relations and social activities coordinator, whatever the occasion called for. To this day, the guys still refer to me as their den mother.

Ed Hengeveld

mercsim
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posted 02-16-2007 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mercsim   Click Here to Email mercsim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These photos have always been the highlight of my week. I download nearly everyone of them for easy reference in the future. Thank you Robert for reserving such a special place for these treasures and thank you Ed for your persistance and dedication to our hobby.

Scott Todd

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posted 02-16-2007 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo Ed, but I wish someone could do the same with unmanned spaceflight
Working on my article series for 30 years Voyager, I contacted JPL and believe it or not, the majority of the Voyager assembly photo are hard to find, most were filed 'Unknown'.
Check: http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/image/assembly.html

AstronautBrian
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posted 02-16-2007 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it just me or did the women back then dress more classy than today?

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posted 02-16-2007 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's not you. Gentlemen also dressed better back then.

Awesome story on top of it.

garymilgrom
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posted 02-16-2007 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is terrific. Thank you very much for sharing.

Rob Joyner
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posted 02-16-2007 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed,
Thank you 120 times!!!
Rob

Tom
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posted 02-16-2007 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed, great photo and story...Thanks for posting...and Robert thanks for adding this unique forum for Ed.
Tom

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posted 02-17-2007 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed-
Thanks for sharing the photo and congratulations on YOUR own forum! You deserve it.

Lola- Thank you for the photo and for sharing the story with everyone. Will this be in your book too?

Tim

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posted 02-17-2007 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you J.L. Pickering, through Ed, for sharing the photo. I know the work and time you've spent amassing your collection of images, and this is a great one... especially with the addition of Lola's story.

Together you and Ed are the go to guys for a treasure of images, and we thank you!

Mark

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posted 02-17-2007 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed,

This is now my must go-to board here on CS. FANTASTIC once again.

What a great behind the scene's shot!

Rich

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posted 02-17-2007 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wickball   Click Here to Email wickball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know what happened to the simulator shown above?

wick

Steven Kaplan
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posted 02-17-2007 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steven Kaplan   Click Here to Email Steven Kaplan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a similar looking Gemini simulator on display at the Astonuat Hall of Fame. Given the proximity of the Hall to the Kennedy Space Center, it's probably the same one, but I don't know that for certain.

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posted 02-17-2007 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Kaplan:
There is a similar looking Gemini simulator on display at the Astonuat Hall of Fame. Given the proximity of the Hall to the Kennedy Space Center, it's probably the same one, but I don't know that for certain.
The one at the AHOF looks more like an actual Gemini spacecraft, with shingles and parachute cable trough:

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