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heng44
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posted 07-10-2010 03:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The erector at Pad 19 is lowered in preparation for the launch of the Gemini 5 spacecraft in August 1965. Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad flew a successful '8 days or bust' mission.

Ed Hengeveld

Tom
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posted 07-10-2010 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Love that shot, Ed.

Brings back memories of playing "hookie" from grammar school to see the launch on TV.

ejectr
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posted 07-10-2010 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you imagine having to eject out of the Gemini after launch?

Holy Moly!

Lou Chinal
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posted 07-10-2010 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think this is the flight that they had to use the "Cherry Picker" to get out during one of the tests. The cherry picker was left over from the mercury days, Cooper insisted on having it on hand near the pad. The erector could not be raised and the crew had to come down via the cherry picker.

heng44
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posted 07-11-2010 01:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Exactly right! This was on July 22, 1965, during a Wet Mock Simulated Launch. The exercise was combined with a Simultaneous Launch Demonstration with Agena target vehicle 5001 on Pad 14 as a test for future dual launches of Titan and Agena.

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posted 07-12-2010 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SBIV-B     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man, I love these old pictures of the Gemini and Apollo programs - When I look at them, they don't look out of date to me at all.

Like it was yesterday... sure would like a do-over!

Thanks for posting these, Ed!

bcrussell
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posted 07-12-2010 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bcrussell   Click Here to Email bcrussell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Americans in Orbit-50 Years (AIO-50) will begin construction of the Gemini IR in Sep. of this year. Target launch 2.20.2012.

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