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cspg
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posted 01-27-2018 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gemini 4: An Astronaut Steps into the Void
by David J. Shayler
This second book on the Gemini mission offers a detailed account of the Gemini 4 mission which saw the first extra vehicular activity by an American astronaut. The mission also attempted a station keeping exercise with the spent upper state of the Titan launch vehicle and extended the US duration record to four days. This was as important as the EVA in that it was a significant step in increasing the orbital experience of American astronauts from a few hours on earlier missions to a few days, something the Soviet cosmonauts had demonstrated two years previously. On Gemini 4 this was only the first step to gradually increasing the duration to eight and then to fourteen days by the end of 1965.

The flight of Gemini 4 in June 1965 stands as a bold step by NASA to push the endurance of their missions, and the pictures of Ed White conducting his short spacewalk remain iconic images from the early space program. His experiences on that short journey together with those of subsequent Gemini spacewalkers raised confidence that EVA would be possible during Apollo in the vacuum conditions on the lunar surface. This mission also discovered that developing the techniques of rendezvous with another object in space would not be so straightforward as originally hoped for, that living in a small spacecraft for four days was a challenge in itself, and indicating what might be expected on future planned long flights.

This book continues the Pioneers in Early Spaceflight series to examine each flight in the Mercury and Gemini series. Despite the challenges, Gemini 4 and its two-man crew undertook a huge gamble, and one which fortunately paid off. The mission was also the first time the mission control center at the Manned Spacecraft Center, near Houston, Texas, was utilized for monitoring the mission, commencing a tradition that continues today with the International Space Station program.

  • Paperback
  • Springer (August 11, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 3319766740
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319766744

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 01-28-2018 03:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Knowing Dave, this book will be comprehensive in the extreme and a must for any spaceflight historian or enthusiast. Looking forward to it.

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-28-2018 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone taking bets on what photo appears on the cover?

Dave Shayler
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posted 01-29-2018 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin, do you think anyone would notice if I slipped in an early bet on this?

onesmallstep
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posted 01-29-2018 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know Gen. McDivitt has the inside track on which photo(s) could be featured on the cover.

Other than Apollo 8's Earthrise and Armstrong's frontal shot of Aldrin on the moon, his photos on Gemini 4 are probably one of the most recognizable and reproduced in the NASA archives.

cspg
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posted 02-17-2018 04:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cover photo via the Springer website:

Dave Shayler
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posted 02-19-2018 01:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, did I win then? There was only one choice really... but there was a much wider shortlist considered.

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posted 02-19-2018 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by onesmallstep:
....Other than Apollo 8's Earthrise and Armstrong's frontal shot of Aldrin on the moon, his photos on Gemini 4 are probably one of the most recognizable and reproduced in the NASA archives.

Agreed, but to that list I would add the pictures of Bruce McCandless on his untethered EVA.

Dave Shayler
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posted 05-12-2018 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The draft for this title has been passed to the editor.

Philip
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posted 05-13-2018 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Curious to know if it will mention the fact that both White and McDivitt wore two Omega Speedmaster chronographs as can be seen in several photos...

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