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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-26-2009 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 in New York City received Thursday a new full scale replica of the two-man spacecraft it recovered in 1965.

"The Gemini 3 capsule is a replica of the original that on March 23, 1965, Intrepid recovered with astronauts John Young and Virgil 'Gus' Grissom," described Luke Sacks, public relations manager for the museum, in response to an inquiry from collectSPACE.com.

"The spacecraft was lifted aboard Intrepid using a crane near the starboard side elevator, which is where the replica capsule will hang," he added.

The model joins other space displays aboard the aircraft carrier, including a replica of the "Aurora 7" Mercury spacecraft, whose pilot Scott Carpenter was airlifted to the Intrepid after his 1962 orbital flight.

The real Gemini 3 spacecraft, which was humorously dubbed the "Molly Brown" by Grissom after the musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in a nod to his first spacecraft, the Liberty Bell 7, sinking, resides today at the Memorial Museum in his name in Mitchell, Indiana.

Photographs courtesy the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

SpaceAholic
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posted 02-26-2009 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any idea who constructed the replica?

RocketmanRob
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posted 02-26-2009 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That explains it! I was at the Intrepid this past weekend for the Shuttle astronaut presentations and noticed a display that referred to the Gemini mock-up on the outside of the ship but could not find it. I thought it was an error on the display. Today's arrival explains it. As an aside note, they did a wonderful job restoring the Intrepid. Very nice replica of Aurora 7 as well.

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