gemini 6 abort

Clouds of smoke hang ominously around Pad 19 as Gemini VI’s Titan sits motionless in the seconds after the abort. Note the absence of an escape tower atop the Titan; in an emergency, Schirra and Stafford would have used ejection seats. Many astronauts doubted the reliability and survivability of the seats, which factored into Schirra’s decision not to use them that day. Photo Credit: NASA

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