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heng44
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posted 06-21-2013 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Gus Grissom jokes for the camera of LIFE-photographer Ralph Morse, as fellow-astronauts Gordon Cooper, Elliot See and Neil Armstrong smile. Behind the car is NASA-photographer Bill Taub. The men were at Cape Kennedy to visit the Complex 19 facilities a few days before the launch of the unmanned Gemini 1 spacecraft in April 1964.

Ed Hengeveld

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posted 06-22-2013 01:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought, Gus' sign was not used to that time, but in the 1980 years. I have learned a little bit more.

Lasv3
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posted 06-22-2013 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're absolutely right. In mid-sixties it meant "Look, I've just cut my finger."

garymilgrom
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posted 06-22-2013 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil looks cocky to me - an unusual pose for him. Everyone looks upbeat and positive. Beautiful photographic summary of the gung ho confidence displayed by all in those early days.

heng44
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posted 06-22-2013 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it must have been a great feeling, driving under the Florida sun in the knowledge that you are an astronaut. I would feel cocky too!

Tom
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posted 06-22-2013 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed... love looking at those Gemini era photos!

Do any exist of the astronauts actually viewing the launch of Gemini 1 (or 2)? Thank you!

heng44
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posted 06-22-2013 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Young and Jim McDivitt were in the blockhouse for the launch of Gemini 1. The Group3 astronauts watched from a viewing stand.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 06-22-2013 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you imagine cruisin' around in a ragtop with these guys?! What a neat shot. Maybe Gus is ordering 1 root beer float at a drive-in.

Tom
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quote:
Originally posted by heng44:
John Young and Jim McDivitt were in the blockhouse for the launch of Gemini 1. The Group 3 astronauts watched from a viewing stand.
Thanks, Ed. (I knew you'd have them...)

Sad seeing two astronauts there that came so close, but never got a chance to fly.

canyon42
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posted 06-22-2013 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is that covering his eyes behind Charlie Bassett?

mach3valkyrie
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posted 06-22-2013 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ted Freeman.

Jerry Brouillette
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posted 06-22-2013 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jerry Brouillette   Click Here to Email Jerry Brouillette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'Who's that behind those Foster Grants?'

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posted 06-22-2013 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike Collins.

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