CAN MAN (& WOMAN) SURVIVE A WEEK WITHOUT GRAVITY? 👨🏼🚀👩🏻🚀
Could a spacecraft put itself in the right orbit to make a 250,000 mile trip from the #Earth
🌎 to the #moon
🌙? There’s no atmosphere on the moon’s surface – could men work in a vacuum?
After a spacecraft landed on the moon’s surface, it would have to take off again and rendezvous with a module in lunar orbit – could one spacecraft’s orbit be matched to another’s? Could two #spacecraft
rendezvous in orbit? Could they dock?
These were the questions the Gemini missions were designed to answer, and thus, the significance behind the Gemini launch series. Gemini is the forgotten leg of the space race ♊️
is the eldest and got us started in the race to the moon, #Apollo
is the favorite child that put us on there, and we’re left with #Gemini
; the lonely middle. So. As I said: the forgotten leg of the space race.
Gemini 5, pictured here, was the first long-duration space flight test, bringing along the first test of a fuel-cell system with enough power storage to fly men to the moon and back and to evaluate the performance of the rendezvous guidance and navigation system through the rendezvous evaluation pod (REP).
Most importantly, Gemini 5 was the first test of a man’s ability to spend a week in constant free-fall, and evaluating the effects of prolonged exposure in zero-gravity on the flight crew.
With less interior space than the front seats of a Volkswagen Beetle 🚗 after “eight days in a garbage can”, the Gemini 5 flight became the first American flight to seize the #duration
record from the Soviet Union.
#Gemini5 #spaceflight #zerogravity #yinadreamsofspace #Launch #vintageNASAphotographs #vintagespace #spaceexhibition #onlineexhibition #vintage #NASA #galaxy #astronaut #spacetravel #cosmos #USA #science #spaceexploration #space #rocket #NeilArmstrong #KennedySpaceCentre #AnaloguePhotography