Date With an Alligator: The Trials of Gemini IX-A (Part 2)

Gene Cernan’s EVA was the longest to date, by far the most complex … and intrinsically hazardous. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost five decades ago, one of the hairiest and most difficult missions in America’s space history unfolded. Gemini IX-A was already complex—a three-day flight, involving rendezvous, docking, maneuvering, and spacewalking—but had endured additional challenges: […]

Popeye Forearms: The Challenge of Gemini IX-A (Part 1)

An exhausted Gene Cernan can barely manage a grimace for Tom Stafford’s camera after completing his spacewalk on Gemini IX-A. Had the hands of fate played out a little differently, this seat might instead have been occupied by Charlie Bassett. Photo Credit: NASA

In the late spring of 1966, the Gemini IX mission seemed […]

Triumph of the Mark One Cranium Computer: The Flight of Gemini XII (Part 2)

Buzz Aldrin participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) in November 1966. Although his activities broke little new ground, Aldrin successfully demonstrated the intricacies of EVA, ahead of Project Apollo. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost four decades ago, on 11 November 1966, astronauts Jim Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin rocketed into orbit aboard Gemini […]

'M Equals 1': The All-Up Mission of Gemini XI (Part 1)

Dick Gordon (left) and Pete Conrad await the start of an emergency water egress training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico in July 1966. Photo Credit: NASA

Not all astronauts get on with one another, but if there ever was a crew whose members could be described as best buddies, it would be Gemini […]

Retro Space Images: Remembering Gemini 5

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Ready to Go: Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad were launched from Launch Complex 19 aboard Gemini 5 on this date in 1965. The astronauts spent eight cozy days in their spacecraft while completing the third manned mission in the Gemini Program. Cooper was one of the […]

NASA 'Space Planner' Brainerd Holmes Dies

Brainerd Holmes (far left) was one of the men directly responsible for sending men to the Moon on project Apollo. Holmes passed away last week—he was 91. Photo Credit: NASA / MSFC

In spite of a relatively short career within NASA’s senior leadership, D. Brainerd Holmes—who died on Friday, aged 91, from complications of […]