Book Review: Two into the Blue

Two into the Blue concerns one man's experiences during the Gemini Program. Image Credit: Xlibris Corp

During an era when the United States was still learning the most basic concepts of space flight such as rendezvous and extra-vehicular activity one engineer was front and center for all the action during the Gemini Program. Gemini was essentially NASA’s “classroom” – teaching the space agency the lessons needed to fly to the Moon. 

Two into the Blue is written by Robert L. Adcock, published by Xlibris Corp and weighs in a light 142 pages. Adcock worked for about 36 years within the Aerospace Industry, his earliest experiences coincided with the development of rockets and the spacecraft that were among the first that the U.S. sent into orbit. Adcock grew up in Tennessee, graduated from the University with a BSEE and followed with a Doctorate in Business Administration that he received from Florida State in 1977. 

Two into the Blue details Adcock’s experiences during this crucial time for the U.S. space program. The book is largely written from his perspective, telling his experiences during NASA’s Gemini years. Given that most books discussing the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Programs are essentially the same makes Two into the Blue a welcome departure with new details and fresh stories. Adcock participated in some capacity on all of the Gemini Program’s ten flights. 

Each of the Gemini missions was dedicated to techniques that would pave the way for the Apollo flights to the Moon. Without the Gemini series of missions, NASA would never have been able to learn all of the techniques needed to send a man to the Moon and return him safely to the Earth. Despite its vital role, Gemini is largely forgotten by most of the public today. 

Two into the Blue is a short read, but it is a great book for someone preparing to take a trip and who will be stuck in an airport or in a car. It’s also great for space enthusiasts seeking to find out more about the Gemini Program and the history that surrounded these important missions.

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