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Gemini 3 and the Misfortune of Al Shepard (Part 1)

In addition to carrying the equipment of the prime crew, Gemini 3 backups Wally Schirra (third from the right) and Tom Stafford (second from right) saw to it that they fulfilled the mission’s humor requirements. As a result, Gemini 3 would forever come to be known as “The Corned Beef Sandwich Mission.” Photo Credit: [...]

Valeri Kubasov, Veteran ASTP Cosmonaut, Dies Aged 79

Pictured during the joint U.S.-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission in July 1975, Valeri Kubasov enjoyed a career highlighted by three space missions. Photo Credit: NASA

Veteran cosmonaut Valeri Kubasov, who flew three space missions and participated as a crew member in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) joint venture in July 1975, died yesterday [...]

Of Minds & Men: The First Rendezvous in Space (Part 2)

Beautiful view of Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford’s Gemini VI-A spacecraft, viewed by astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell aboard Gemini VII. Schirra’s gutsy decision to sit tight after the 12 December pad abort ensured that this historic rendezvous mission could go ahead. Photo Credit: NASA

“It’s death … or the ejection seat!” For [...]

Of Minds & Men: The First Rendezvous in Space (Part 1)

Gemini VII, bearing astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell on a record-breaking 14-day mission, is seen through the windows of Gemini VI-A, with fellow spacefarers Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford. This mission, in December 1965, marked the first ‘true’ rendezvous between two piloted vehicles in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Two weeks before Christmas in [...]

Wally, Walt, and Whatshisname: The Three Heroes Who Set Apollo's Course for the Moon

Commander Wally Schirra (center) and crewmates Donn Eisele (left) and Walt Cunningham restored America’s confidence in the Apollo spacecraft and enabled NASA to put its bold plan for a voyage to lunar orbit in motion. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-five years ago today, on 22 October 1968, the future began. With the successful return of [...]

‘Eight Days in a Garbage Can’: The Mission of Gemini V (Part 2)

Blackened and scorched following a fiery descent through the atmosphere, Gemini V is lowered by crane onto the deck of the USS Lake Champlain on 29 August 1965, after the United States’ longest manned mission to date. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost five decades have passed since a mission which Pete Conrad once described as [...]

Retro Space Images: Launch Complex 19

Photo Credit: J.L. Pickering

In Better Days: Photo taken in November 1983 showing a late afternoon view of Complex 19 at Cape Canaveral. The blockhouse and erector made famous in the Gemini Program are clearly visible in this photo. Anyone who has visited the pad in recent years will see that time has [...]

Retro Space Images: The Bleeding Edge ...

Photo Credit: Retro Space Images / NASA

The Technology of the Day: President Ford speaks with Apollo-Soyuz crewmen from the White House in July 1975. Ford uses a phone design unfamiliar to many today while watching the mission on a TV decked out in stylish faux-wood paneling.

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Retro Space Images: Standing Down Tension by Stepping Up Cooperation

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Together: Remembering ASTP—the view inside Mission Control in Houston during the historic rendezvous on July 17, 1975.

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Partners in Space: The First U.S.-Russian Manned Space Mission (Part 4)

America’s Apollo, with its docking module (left), approaches Russia’s Soyuz for the first joint manned space exercise between the two superpowers in July 1975. This would mark the high-watermark of their relations, but the late 1970s would signal a harsh decline in friendship and bring them to the brink of war once again. Image [...]