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heng44
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posted 01-12-2008 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Chief astronaut Deke Slayton is briefing the new group 3 astronauts after their selection in October 1963. Wally Schirra and Neil Armstrong are also present, as they will play a role in the training of group 3. On the blackboard behind them are details about the branch heads of the Astronaut Office and their secretaries: Grissom for Gemini, "Shepherd" [sic] for Apollo and Schirra for Operations & Training. Among the listeners we can see Chaffee, Freeman, Scott, Gordon, Cunningham (smoking a pipe!), Williams, Anders, Schweickart and Cernan.

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Tom
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posted 01-12-2008 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo, Ed.

I find it odd that Shepard would be branch head for Apollo at that time (1963). Wasn't he still assigned as CDR of the first Gemini flight?

mjanovec
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posted 01-14-2008 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears they needed to pick astronauts to be their representative for each program... including Apollo, even though Gemini hadn't even flown by that time. So it appears they just picked some of the senior astronauts at the time... meaning flown Mercury astronauts. At this time, it was probably assumed most, if not all, of the Mercury guys may still fly again in Gemini and Apollo...since all of the Mercury guys were still technically active astronauts at the time the photo was taken.

Of course, we now know that only 3 of them flew on Gemini and only 2 flew on Apollo, as Shepard was soon grounded, and both Glenn and Carpenter were soon to leave NASA.

Philip
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posted 01-15-2008 04:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Military hairdos.

mjanovec
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posted 01-15-2008 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Except for Wally and Dick.

ASCAN1984
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posted 09-11-2009 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this around the same time as Gus Grissom's famous "you're not an astronaut till you fly" speech or was that with the second group?

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