On this day (15th November) in 1966 NASA's second manned spaceflight programme, Project Gemini, concluded with the safe return to Earth of Astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin E. Aldrin. Gemini XII was the 18th manned US spaceflight, and the 26th spaceflight of all time. The flight featured three “spacewalks” - periods of extravehicular activity (EVA) by Edwin"Buzz" Aldrin, lasting a total of 5 and a half hours, thereby successfully demonstrating that astronauts can effectively work outside of spacecraft. This helped pave the way for the Apollo program to achieve its goal of landing a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s.
Here photographed the rusting remains of Launch Complex 19 (LC-19), a National Historical Monument, where all the manned Project Gemini launches were made. After being initially converted for the Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) program, LC-19 was later designated for the Gemini space flights. After the program concluded in 1966, LC-19 was deactivated. The tower, here lying on its back, would for launch have stood upright and supported the rocket on the pad and its umbilicals. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
#OTD in 1968, @nasa launched APOLLO 7, the first manned space mission. The Saturn rocket engine helped make this mission possible, and you can see the same kind of engine in our APOLLO exhibit! This video shows how our team installed it. #spaceflight#museumofflight#NASA
Which planet would you visit? When I was a kid, planets always seemed like big round blobs, but now they feel so alive and exciting and I want to visit them! This is Gale Crater, Mars taken this week by Curiosity. 📷: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The second stage and spaceship of SpaceX's "BFR" - Big F'ing Rocket - design, docking with the International Space Station. Elon Musk announced the rocket and plans to use it for satellite launches, cargo resupply, landing on the moon, flying people to Mars, and even providing a faster alternative to airline travel. Musk says first launch in 2022. Godspeed. #spacex#bfr#elonmusk#spaceflight
SUPER excited to list this fabulous find in time for Cyber Monday! A box set of original recordings of the astronauts who reached the moon. The history of space flight, voices of NASA engineers and all the details. Space nuts will love this gift👏🏻 #astronaut#spacerace#1969#vintagegift#space#spaceflight
The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite (JPSS-1) atop a Delta II rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base prior to the November 18 launch. The satellite, operated by NASA and NOAA, is the first in a series of polar-orbiting satellites to provide weather and climate monitoring data. Photo: United Launch Alliance (@ulalaunch) #nasa#noaa#jpss1#ula#deltaII#spaceflight