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12 June 1964 - Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., Assistant Director for Flight Operations, Manned Spacecraft Center, reported that three basic plans were under study for rendezvous missions:   Rendezvous at first apogee would probably be rejected because of possible dispersions which might necessitate plane changes. Rendezvous from concentric orbits seemed to be desirable because of the freedom in selection of the geographic position of rendezvous. Major work thus far, however, had been expended on the tangential rendezvous. Subsequently, the concentric orbit plan was chosen for Gemini-Titan 6, the first rendezvous mission.

23 Sep 1964 - Manned Spacecraft Centre announced at a Trajectories and Orbit Panel meeting that several changes in the ground rules had been made to the Gemini-Titan 6 mission plan:  The major change concerned a previous assumption of a 20-day Agena lifetime; it was now established that the Agena would not be modified to provide this. As a result, greater emphasis had to be placed on ensuring spacecraft launch on the same day as the Agena, primarily by relieving the constraint of no Agena maneuvers. The restriction on using Agena maneuvers had been removed to increase the probability of achieving rendezvous within the few days that the Agena would remain an acceptable target.

1964 Dec 16 - Atlas standard launch vehicle (SLV-3) 5301 was erected on complex 14 at Eastern Test Range:   This was not only the Gemini program's first Atlas, but also the first SLV-3 on a new complex. Tests began to validate the pad and its associated aerospace ground equipment (AGE). AGE validation was completed December 30, propellant loading tests in mid-January 1965. Testing ended on February 11 with a flight readiness demonstration.

 

 

 

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Gemini VI Stafford Entering Simulator

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NASA  No. S-64-22738

March 1964

Astronaut Tom Stafford pauses before entering the Gemini Docking Simulator.

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GT-6 Schirra And Stafford Arrive At PAFB

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NASA  No.  104-KSC-64C-4705

Its nice to see astronauts in a jet other than a T-38 Trainer. Here is Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford just after landing at Patrick AFB on their way to the Cape for training. Wally is stepping down the ladder with Tom still inside the aircraft.

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Wally Schirra In Water Egress Exercise

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NASA  No.  S-65-10141

Walter Schirra is seen exiting the dummy spacecraft during water egress exercises at Ellington Air Force Base.

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Schirra & Stafford Water Egress Training

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NASA  No.  S-65-44563

Tom Stafford, left, and Wally Schirra are seen in their life rafts during water egress training in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Schirra & Stafford Water Egress Training

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NASA  No.  S-65-44541

Wally Schirra, back to us, and Tom Stafford are seen in a water egress life raft during training in preparation for their up coming Gemini VI mission.

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Schirra & Stafford Water Egress Training

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NASA  No.  S-65-43924

Looks like Tom and Wally are in the launch after a hard day of Water Egress training that will take them back to the mother ship.

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5 April 1965 - Schirra and Stafford selected for Gemini-Titan 6:  Manned Spacecraft Centre announced that Walter M. Schirra, Jr., and Thomas P. Stafford had been selected as command pilot and pilot for Gemini-Titan 6, the first Gemini rendezvous and docking mission. Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young would be the backup crew. 

 

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Gemini VI Prime Crew

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NASA  No.  S-65-56188

1 October 1965

General Stafford and Wally Schirra stand proud in their Gemini pressure suits.

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Gemini VI Prime Crew #2

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General Stafford and Walter Schirra in a very nice WSS GT-6 pose.

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Stafford During Suiting Operations

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NASA  No.  65-H-407

19 March 1965

Thomas P Stafford, GT-3 Backup Pilot, is seen here in full pressure suit during pre-flight check-out.

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Stafford During Suiting Operations #2

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NASA  No.  S-65-14550

19 March 1965

Thomas P Stafford, GT-3 Backup Pilot, is seen here in full pressure suit during pre-flight check-out.

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Schirra During Suiting Operations

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NASA  No.  65-H-409

19 March 1965

Wally Schirra, GT-3 Backup Command Pilot,  is seen here in full pressure suit during pre-flight check-out.

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Gemini VI Crew Patch

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NASA  No.  65-H-1942

April 1965

The Gemini VI Mission Crew Patch

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Gemini VI Walter Schirra

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NASA  No.  65-H-1942

April 1965

The Gemini VI Command Pilot Walter Schirra.

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GT-6 Crew With Shepard And Young

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NASA  No.  65-H-1972

The Gemini VI prime crew are seen talking with Alan Shepard and John Young (back to us) while they were checking out the Gemini Mission Trainer at the Cape.

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4 May 1965 - McDonnell completed manufacturing, module tests, and equipment installation for Gemini spacecraft No. 6:  Mating the reentry and adapter assemblies completed final assembly of the spacecraft on May 12. Cabling and test preparation lasted until June 4, when Systems Assurance Tests began. 

18 May 1965 - Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5002 completed final assembly and was transferred to systems test complex C-10 at Sunnyvale to begin Vehicle Systems Tests:  The transfer had been scheduled for May 5 but was delayed by parts shortages, engineering problems, and considerable work backlog. The major source of delay was correcting a gap between the forward auxiliary rack and the vehicle; machining and aligning the rack and refinishing the scraped surfaces proved time-consuming. GATV 5002 was still short several items of command equipment. Systems testing began May 21.

29 May 1965 - Gemini Agena target vehicle 5001 arrived at Cape Kennedy following its conditional acceptance by the Air Force on May 27:  It was moved to the Missile Assembly Building (Hanger E) for testing. The target vehicle was mated with target docking adapter No. 1 on June 18, and Combined Interface Tests began June 19. Testing was completed July 8 with secondary propulsion system (SPS) functional and static leak checks, SPS installation and post-installation checks, and thermal control surface preparation. Target vehicle 5001 was then transferred to complex 14 to be mated to target launch vehicle 5301.

18 June 1965 - Atlas standard launch vehicle 5301 was returned from Hanger J to complex 14 and once again erected:  Booster Facility Acceptance Composite Test was completed July 9.

8 July 1965 - Gemini Agena target vehicle 5001 completed systems tests in Hanger E and was transferred to complex 14, where it was mated to Atlas standard launch vehicle 5301:  Tests began in preparation for a Simultaneous Launch Demonstration for July 22.

 

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GT-6 Atlas 5301 And GATV-5001

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NASA  No.  S-65-41790

22 July 1965

The Gemini Agena Target Vehicle 5001 atop the Atlas launch vehicle 5301 at Pad 14 during a Simultaneous Launch Demonstration.

The GATV-5001 would later become the back-up Agena Target Vehicle for the GT-6 mission.

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23 July 1965 - Air Force Space Systems Division formally accepted delivery of Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5002 after the vehicle acceptance team inspection had been completed:   The vehicle was then shipped by air to Eastern Test Range on July 24, arriving July 25. Although GATV 5002 was accepted, several items of equipment remained in 'not qualified' status, including the shroud, secondary and primary propulsion systems, and components of both the electrical power and command systems.

26 July 1965 - Atlas standard launch vehicle 5301 and Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5001 were de-mated at complex 14, following the Simultaneous Launch Demonstration of July 22:  GATV 5001 was returned to Hanger E, where it was stored as the backup vehicle for GATV 5002. On August 18, GATV 5002 was officially designated as the target vehicle for Gemini VI, the first rendezvous mission, while GATV 5001 was to be maintained in flight-ready condition as backup. Atlas 5301, which had been returned to Hanger J after demating, was moved back to complex 14 on August 16 to serve as the target launch vehicle for GATV 5002.

4 August 1965 - McDonnell delivered Gemini spacecraft No. 6 to Cape Kennedy:  Industrial area activities during the next three weeks included pyrotechnics build-up and spacecraft modifications. During the last week of August the spacecraft will be moved to the Merritt Island Launch Area for a Plan X integrated tests with the target vehicle GATV-5002.

 

 

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GLV-VI  First Stage Arrives At The Cape

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NASA  No.  S-65-42864

3 August 1965

The first stage of the GT-6 Launch Vehicle is seen being unloaded from the Pregnant Guppy on the skid strip at the Cape.

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Gemini Spacecraft No. 6

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NASA  No. 104-KSC-65-16139

6 August 1965

A view of the open left hand hatch of the GT-6 spacecraft a couple of days after it was delivered from McDonnell. The spacecraft will need equipment modifications and full system checks before its deemed flight ready.

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Gemini VI Spacecraft Checkout

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NASA  No. 104-KSC-65-15550

9 August 1965

Gemini Spacecraft No. 6 is seen being prepared to under go full systems checks and equipment modifications at the Cape.

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Gemini Agena Target Vehicle Concept

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NASA  No.  S-65-61615

1965

A wonderful artist concept by Jack Young of the Agena Target Vehicle as it would appear in Earth orbit during the GT-6 mission. Unfortunately it exploded along with the Atlas Launch vehicle just after lift off and never reached its intended Earth orbit.

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Gemini VI Docking Concept

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NASA  No.  S-65-6940

A beautiful artist concept of the Gemini docking that would have taken place during the GT-6 mission.

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Gemini VI Agena Target Vehicle 5002

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NASA  No.  S-65-7475

23 August 1965

Gemini Agena Target Vehicle 5002 completed preliminary systems testing at Hanger E.

Gemini Agena target vehicle 5002 completed preliminary systems testing at Hanger E and was transferred to Merritt Island Launch Area, where it was joined by spacecraft No. 6 for Plan X testing.

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Gemini 6 And GATV-5002 Plan X Testing

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23 August 1965

Gemini 6 spacecraft (right) and Agena Target Vehicle 5002 (left) on the Boresite Range Tower for the Plan X Docking Exercise at Merritt Island Launch Area. After ground equipment checks, Plan X tests proceeded on August 25. No significant interference problems were found, and testing ended on August 31.

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30 August 1965 - Stage I of Gemini launch vehicle (GLV) 6 was erected at complex 19:  Stage II was erected the following day. Umbilical lines were connected and inspected September 1, and Subsystems Re-verification Tests began September 2. These tests were completed September 15. The Pre-spacecraft Mate Verification Test of GLV-6 was run September 16.

1 September 1965 - Final troubleshooting on Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5002 after Plan X testing at Merritt Island Launch Area (MILA) was completed:  The next day GATV 5002 was returned to Hanger E from MILA, where it began a series of tests to verify the operational readiness of all vehicle systems prior to erection and mating with the launch vehicle.

 

 

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Gemini VI Spacecraft Hoisted At L/C 19

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9 September 1965

Gemini spacecraft No. 6 is seen being hoisted to the top of the launch vehicle at Launch Complex 19. This move was scheduled for September 2 but was delayed by the presence of Hurricane Betsy in the vicinity of the Cape September 3-8. The Pre-spacecraft Mate Verification Test were conducted September 13-16. Preparations then began for mating the spacecraft to the launch vehicle.

Gemini launch vehicle (GLV) 6 and spacecraft No. 6 were mechanically mated at complex 19 on  17 September 1965.

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Stafford And Schirra At Press Conference

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NASA  No. S-65-51573

11 September 1965

Thomas Stafford, Gemini VI Pilot, and Wally Schirra, Command Pilot, during a press conference at MSC News Centre.

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1 Oct 1965 - Gemini Agena target vehicle 5002 was transported to complex 14 and mated to target Atlas launch vehicle 5301: Preliminary checks were followed, on October 4, by the Joint Flight Acceptance Composite Test (J-FACT). J-FACT was a combined check of all contractors, the range, the vehicles, and aerospace ground equipment in a simulated countdown and flight; propellants and high pressure gases were not loaded, nor was the gantry removed. Simultaneous Launch Demonstration was successfully completed October 7.

7 Oct 1965 - The Wet Mock Simulated Launch (WMSL) of Gemini-Titan (GT-6) and the Simultaneous Launch Demonstration with GT-6 and the Gemini Atlas-Agena target vehicle were conducted:

 

 

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GT-6 Wally & Tom Check Their Suits

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NASA  No.  65-H-1764

7 October 1965

Gemini VI astronauts Tom Stafford (left) checks the space suit of command pilot Wally Schirra As they suit up for the Simultaneous Wet Mock Simulated Launch.

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Simultaneous Wet Mock Simulation

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NASA  No. 104-KSC-65P-196

7 October 1965

Aerial View During the Simultaneous Wet Mock Simulated Launch of Gemini 6 and the Atlas Agena (GATV-5002). 

A wonderful overall view of the GATV-5002 on Pad 14 and GT-6 on Pad 19 as seen from above.

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8 - 13 October 1965-  Following Wet Mock Simulated Launch , the spacecraft and launch vehicle were de-mated to allow the spacecraft battery to be replaced. They were re-mated October 8-13. Spacecraft Systems Test was completed October 15. Pre-launch testing concluded October 20 with the Simulated Flight Test.

20 October 1965 - Systems testing at complex 14 of the Gemini Atlas-Agena target vehicle for Gemini VI was completed with a launch readiness demonstration:  Final vehicle closeout and launch preparations began October 21 and continued until final countdown on October 25.

 

 

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Gemini VI Atlas/Agena Lift-Off

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NASA  No.  S-65-56161

25 October 1965

The Atlas/Agena vehicle (GATV-5002) was launched on October 25, 1965 from Pad 14 at 10 a.m.. Intended as a rendezvous target in the Gemini 6 mission, the Atlas launch vehicle exploded just after lift-off and the Gemini 6 mission was scrubbed until a later date.

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25 October 1965:  The Gemini VI mission was cancelled when Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5002 suffered what appeared to be a catastrophic failure shortly after separating from the Atlas launch vehicle. The Gemini Atlas-Agena target vehicle was launched from complex 14 at 10:00 a.m., e.s.t. When the two vehicles separated at 10:05, all signals were normal. But approximately 375 seconds after lift off, vehicle telemetry was lost and attempts to reestablish contact failed. The Gemini VI countdown was held and then cancelled at 10:54 a.m., because the target vehicle had failed to achieve orbit. In accordance with Air Force Space Systems Division (SSD) procedures and NASA management instructions - both of which specified investigation in the event of such a failure - Major General Ben I. Funk, SSD Commander, reconvened the Agena Flight Safety Review Board, and NASA established a GATV Review Board.

NASA Associate Administrator Robert C. Seamans, Jr., informed George E. Mueller, Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, that the catastrophic anomaly of Gemini Agena target vehicle (GATV) 5002 on October 25 had been defined as a mission failure.

Accordingly, Seamans asked Mueller to establish a GATV Review Board to investigate all aspects of the Agena failure, managerial as well as technical. Manned Spacecraft Center Director Robert R. Gilruth and Major General O. J. Ritland, Deputy Commander for Space, Air Force Systems Command, were designated co-chairmen of the review board. Primary responsibility for determining the cause of failure lay with Air Force Space Systems Division, which would make its findings available to the board.

In the ashes of this setback, the idea of launching Gemini 6 to rendezvous with Gemini 7 was born.

Briefly this is how the idea came about:

When it was apparent that something was wrong with the Agena flight Frank Borman rushed from the outside viewing stand to the Cape Kennedy Launch Control Center to find out what had happened. He found himself standing with Gemini VII crewmate James Lovell and near two McDonnell officials, spacecraft chief Walter Burke and his deputy, John Yardley. The astronauts heard Burke ask Yardley, "Why couldn't we launch a Gemini as a target instead of an Agena?" Borman was immediately onboard with the idea and this spurred Burke and Yardley on to see if they could find a NASA official to buy the idea. They first found NASA manned space flight chief George Mueller and Gemini Manager Charles Mathews and tried out their scheme on them. Neither NASA official gave it much of a chance. The two McDonnell engineers left the building to see if they could sell their concept elsewhere. Much happened later but finally the idea was accepted and the Cape became a bee hive of activity to achieve the goal.

 

28 October 1965 - Gemini spacecraft No. 6 and the second stage of Gemini launch vehicle (GLV) 6 were de-erected and removed from complex 19:   GLV-6 stage I was deerected the next day. The GLV was placed in storage at the Satellite Checkout Building under guard, in an environment controlled for temperature and humidity. Bonded storage maintained the integrity of previously conducted tests to reduce testing that would have to be repeated. Spacecraft No. 6 was stored in the Pyrotechnics Installation Building at the Merritt Island Launch Area

1965 Oct 28 - The White House announced that NASA would attempt to launch Gemini VI while Gemini VII was in orbit:   The original Gemini VI mission had been cancelled when its target vehicle failed catastrophically on October 25. In a memorandum to the President, NASA Administrator James E. Webb indicated the possibility that Gemini VI spacecraft and launch vehicle could be re-erected shortly after the launch of Gemini VII. Since much of the pre-launch checkout of Gemini VI would not need repeating, it could be launched in time to rendezvous with Gemini VII (a mission scheduled for 14 days) if launching Gemini VII did not excessively damage the launch pad. NASA officials, spurred by suggestions from Walter F. Burke and John F. Yardley of McDonnell, began discussing the possibility of a dual mission immediately after the failure October 25, drawing on some six months of discussion and preliminary planning by NASA, Air Force, Martin, and McDonnell personnel for a rapid manned flight launch demonstration.

4 December 1965 - Both stages of Gemini launch vehicle (GLV) 6 were removed from storage and arrived at complex 19 two hours after the launch of Gemini VII:   Spacecraft No. 6 was returned to complex 19 on December 5. Within 24 hours after the launch of Gemini VII, both stages of GLV-6 were erected, spacecraft and launch vehicle were mated, and power was applied. Subsystems Re-verification Tests were completed December 8. The only major problem was a malfunction of the spacecraft computer memory. The computer was replaced and checked out December 7-8. The Simulated Flight Test, December 8-9, completed pre-launch tests. The launch, initially scheduled for December 13, was rescheduled for December 12.

 

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GT-6 Spacecraft Second Mating

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5 December 1965

For the second time the GT-6 spacecraft is hoisted to the top of the GVL-6 for mating at Launch Complex 19.

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GT-6 Crew At Launch Complex 19

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NASA  No.  65-H-1902

5 December 1965

Schirra and Stafford are seen discussing the re-erecting of the GLV-6 and GT-6 spacecraft with USAF and NASA operations staff at Launch Complex 19.

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GT-6 Schirra At Launch Complex 19

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NASA  No.  65-H-1903

5 December 1965

Walter Schirra is seen discussing the re-erecting of the GLV-6 and GT-6 spacecraft with NASA operations staff at Launch Complex 19.

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Stafford And Schirra Ingress Training

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NASA  No. S-65-2498

A very nice presentation photograph of Wally and Tom during spacecraft checkout training in the White Room high above Launch Complex 19 at the Cape.

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GT-6 Spacecraft Readied For Flight

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NASA  No.  65-H-1907

5 December 1965

A fine view of the GT-6 spacecraft In the White Room atop the launch vehicle at Launch Complex 19 as it is being made ready for flight within hours of it being re-mated with GLV-6.

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7 December 1965:  The next 5 photographs were taken on 7 December while McDonnell Technicians were busy replacing and checking out the spacecrafts computer system.

 

 

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Gemini 6 Computer Replacement

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NASA  No.  65-H-1914

7 December 1965

It all hands on deck to get the new computer installed and checked out in time for the scheduled launch of December 13th.

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Gemini 6 Computer Replacement #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-1918

7 December 1965

New computer hardware is about to be installed in the spacecraft.

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Gemini 6 Computer Replacement #3

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NASA  No.  65-H-1920

7 December 1965

Guenter Wendt (standing at the SC door) is checking up on progress.

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Gemini 6 Computer Replacement #4

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NASA  No.  65-H-1915

7 December 1965

Final calibrations are being made to the new computer system that was installed and checked out in record time.

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Gemini 6 Computer Replacement #5

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NASA  No.  65-H-1921

7 December 1965

The Spacecraft is deemed flight ready and is set up for flight simulations to begain.

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8 December 1965:  Flight simulations begin for the new GT-6 rendezvous with GT-7 mission plan.

 

 

 

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GT-6 Stafford Suits Up For Simulations

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NASA  No.  65-H-1926

8 December 1965

Tom Stafford is seen suiting up in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 for the first day of flight simulations under the new mission plan.

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GT-6 Schirra Suits Up For Simulations

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NASA  No.  65-H-1930

8 December 1965

Wally Schirra seems to be having a wee bit of trouble with putting his helmet on during suiting up operations in the Astronauts trailier at Launch Complex 16..

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GT-6 Crew Ready For Flight Simulations

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NASA  No.  65-H-1938

8 December 1965

The Gemini 6 prime crew rides the special van from the Launch Complex 16 suiting trailer to Launch Complex 19. They are scheduled to go through a simulated flight test in the Gemini 6 spacecraft in the White Room atop Pad 19. Astronauts Thomas P. Stafford (left), pilot, and Walter M. Schirra Jr., command pilot.

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GT-6 Wally And Guenter Atop Pad 19

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NASA  No.  65-H-1929

8 December 1965

Wally Schirra and Guenter Wendt go over the controls for the GT-6 spacecraft just prior to mission flight simulations and spacecraft check out.

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GT-6 Wally And Tom Inserted For Simulation

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NASA  No.  65-H-1928

8 December 1965

NASA and McDonnell technicians assist Schirra and Stafford in getting in the GT-6 spacecraft for a day of mission simulations and spacecraft check out.

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GT-6 Wally & Tom During Flight Simulation

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NASA  No.  65-H-1936

8 December 1965

Wally Schirra, Tom Stafford and Guenter Wendt are seen in the White Room high atop the service tower at Launch Complex 19 during flight simulations and spacecraft check out for the new rendezvous mission with GT-7.

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GT-6 Prime Crew During Flight Simulations

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NASA  No.  65-H-1931

8 December 1965

A wonderful fish eye view of Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford in the GT-6 spacecraft during flight simulations and spacecraft check out.

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GT-6 Prime Crew During Flight Simulations #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-1935

8 December 1965

A fish eye view of Wally Schirra (far seat) and Tom Stafford in the GT-6 spacecraft during flight simulations and spacecraft check out.

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GT-6 Prime Crew Leaving Launch Complex 19

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NASA  No.  65-H-1937

8 December 1965

Its been a hard day at the office and our GT-6 space heroes are seen leaving the launch Pad after a long day of flight simulations and spacecraft check out.

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GT-6 Pre-Flight Breakfast

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NASA  No.  65-H-1978

12 December 1965

Tom and Walter are enjoying a pre flight breakfast with Gordon Cooper before the planned GT-6 mission.

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GT-6 Tom Stafford Pre-Flight Breakfast

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NASA  No.  65-H-1980

12 December 1965

Tom Stafford look to be enjoying the traditional steak and eggs pre-flight breakfast in the crew quarters at the Cape.

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GT-6 Prim Crew After Breakfast

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NASA  No.  65-H-1981

12 December 1965

With stomachs full of steak and eggs we see Tom Stafford (left) and Walter Schirra leaving the crew quarters on their way for suiting up operations for the start of the GT-6 space flight.

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GT-6 Stafford Suits Up On Launch Day

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NASA  No.  65-H-1986

12 December 1965

A very nice shot of Tom Stafford making a face during suiting up operations in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 during the GT-6 mission pre-launch countdown.

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GT-6 Stafford Suits Up On Launch Day #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-1999

12 December 1965

A very nice shot of Tom Stafford relaxing while suiting up in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 during the GT-6 mission pre-launch countdown.

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GT-6 Stafford Suits Up On Launch Day #3

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NASA  No.  65-H-1993

12 December 1965

A very nice head shot of Tom Stafford is while suiting up for the GT-6 mission pre-launch countdown.

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GT-6 Schirra Suits Up On Launch Day

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NASA  No.  65-H-1982

12 December 1965

NASA technicians assist Walter Schirra suit up in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 during the GT-6 mission pre-launch countdown.

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GT-6 Schirra Suits Up On Launch Day #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-1981

12 December 1965

NASA technicians assist Walter Schirra suit up in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 during the GT-6 mission pre-launch countdown.

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GT-6 Schirra & Stafford Head For Pad 19

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NASA  No.  65-H-1983

12 December 1965

Walter Schirra is seen leading the way with Tom Stafford following as they leave the Astronauts trailer at LC 16 on their way to Pad 19 and their waiting GT-6 spacecraft.

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GT-6 Schirra & Stafford At Pad 19

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12 December 1965

Wally stops to shake the hand of a well-wisher as he leads the way with Tom Stafford up the ramp at Launch Complex 19 that will take them to the lift that will deliver them to the White Room and their waiting GT-6 spacecraft.

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GT-6 Schirra & Stafford At Pad 19 #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-1984

12 December 1965

Wally is leading the way as he and Tom Stafford head up the ramp at LC 19 that will take them to the lift that will deliver them to the White Room and their waiting GT-6 spacecraft.

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GT-6 Schirra & Stafford Atop Pad 19

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12 December 1965

This time Tom Stafford is leading the way as the GT-6 prime crew cross the access arm leading to the White Room high atop Launch Complex 19.

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Gemini VI Crew Ready For Launch

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NASA  No.  65-H-1990

12 December 1965

View through side window in to the Gemini 6 spacecraft showing Astronauts Thomas P. Stafford (background) and Walter M. Schirra Jr. (foreground) at the controls of the capsule on the morning of the scheduled Gemini 6 launch.

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Gemini VI Hatches Are Closed

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NASA  No.  65-H-1985

12 December 1965

NASA and McDonnell technicians are sealing the hatches of the GT-6 spacecraft during final pre-launch countdown.

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GLV-6 Ready For Launch

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NASA  No.  65-H-1991

12 December 1965

The erector service tower is being lowered during the final stages of the GT-6 pre-launch countdown.

The scheduled launch of Gemini VI-A was aborted when the Master Operations Control Set automatically shut down the Gemini launch vehicle a second after engine ignition because an electrical umbilical connector separated prematurely. The launch was cancelled at 9:54 a.m. EST. Emergency procedures delayed raising the erector until 11:28, so the crew was not removed until 11:33 a.m. Launch was rescheduled for December 15.

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On Sunday, 12 December, Astronauts Schirra and Stafford moved through the doors and into the couches of Spacecraft 6 for a second time. After a trouble free countdown, precisely at 9:54 a.m., their Gemini launch vehicle roared into action. The roar was quickly strangled. Gemini II's "hold-kill" seemed to be repeating, but this time more critically - there were two men strapped atop this sputtering rocket. At 1.2 seconds, an electrical tail plug dropped from the base of the booster and activated an airborne programmer - a clock in the cockpit that was not supposed to start until the vehicle had lifted off. Because there had been no upward movement, the valves closed to prevent fuel front gushing into the launch vehicle's engines. The malfunction detection system had sensed something wrong and had stopped the engines.

One of the most suspense filled moments in the whole Gemini program followed. If ever there were a time to use the spacecraft ejection seats to get away from a cocked and dangerous rocket, this seemed to be it.

Kenneth Hecht, chief of the Gemini Escape, Landing, and Recovery Office and long-time ejection seat specialist, was surprised when the crew did not eject, as they should have if ground, rules had been strictly followed. If the clock were right, then the vehicle had left the ground. Had it climbed only a few centimetres, the engine shutdown would have brought 136 tonnes (150 tons) of propellants encased in a fragile metal shell crashing back to Earth. There could be no escape from the ensuing holocaust. But neither Schirra nor Stafford had sensed motion cues; and Schirra, who as command pilot would have been the one to pull the "D-ring" for ejection, decided not to, despite the ticking clock.

At the moment of crisis, the veteran test pilot remained calm. With no trace of emotion in his voice, Schirra reported, "Fuel pressure is lowering." Francis X. Carey, the Martin launch vehicle test conductor, was just as matter of fact over the radio circuit to the spacecraft. Just a hint of panic might have caused Schirra or Stafford to pull the D-ring. Schirra relied, with icy nerves, on his own senses. He knew GLV-6 had not moved, and he knew the clock was wrong.

Launch was rescheduled for December 15.

 

 

 

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GT-6 The Last Breakfast

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NASA  No.  65-H-2210

15 December 1965

The GT-6 prime crew get to enjoy yet another steak and egg breakfast before heading off to get suited up for the GT-6 mission. This time they enjoy the company of fellow astronaut Alan Shepard.

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GT-6 Stafford Suits Up Again

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NASA  No.  65-H-2221

15 December 1965

For the third time Tom Stafford suits up in the Astronauts trailer at LC 16 during the GT-6 pre-launch countdown. After suiting up operations a special transport van will carry Stafford and Schirra over to Pad 19 where they will enter the GT-6 spacecraft to finally begin their mission.

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GT-6 Stafford Suits Up Again #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-2223

15 December 1965

Tom gets a helping hand with his helmet during the third and last pre-launch countdown. 

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GT-6 Schirra Suits Up Again - Still Smiling

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NASA  No.  65-H-2211

15 December 1965

For the third time Astronaut Walter Schirra, GT-6 Command Pilot, undergoes suiting up operations in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 during pre-launch countdown at the Cape.

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GT-6 Schirra Suits Up Again #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-2210

15 December 1965

For the second time Astronaut Walter Schirra, GT-6 Command Pilot, undergoes suiting up operations in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 during pre-launch countdown at the Cape.

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GT-6 Schirra And Al Shepard

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NASA  No.  65-H-2213

15 December 1965

GT-6 Command Pilot Wally Schirra and Alan Shepard look over a Gemini Mission Chart in the trailer at Launch Complex 16 during the GT-6 pre-launch countdown. Shepard is Chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Centre in Houston.

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GT-6 Early Morning Walk Out

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NASA  No.  65-H-2215

15 December 1965

And for the third time Walter Schirra leads the way up the ramp at LC 19 on their way to the waiting GT-6 spacecraft.

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GT-6 Early Morning Walk Out #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-2216

15 December 1965

And for the third time Walter Schirra leads the way up the ramp at LC 19 on their way to the waiting GT-6 spacecraft.

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GT-6 Crew Wait In White Room

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NASA  No.  65-H-2218

15 December 1965

For the third time Astronaut Walter Schirra, GT-6 Command Pilot sit in the White Room atop Pad 19 waiting for Guenter Wendt to give them the go-ahead to ingress in the GT-6 spacecraft to get the GT-6 mission underway.

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GT-6 Guenter Wendt Wishes Wally Well

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NASA  No.  65-H-1989

15 December 1965

Guenter Wendt, Pad Leader, shakes Commander Schirra hand and wishes him and Tom Stafford a safe flight just before they entered the spacecraft to begin the GT-6 mission.

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Gemini VI Crew Ready For Insertion

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NASA  No.  65-H-2217

15 December 1965

Schirra and Stafford are readied for insertion into Gemini 6 spacecraft in the White Room atop Pad 19 at the Cape. The GT-6 mission finally started at 8:37 a.m. on 15 December 1965.

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Gemini VI Schirra Ready For Launch

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15 December 1965

Commander Schirra has a right to look just a bit worried as he sits and waits for the hatches to be sealed during the final GT-6 pre-launch countdown. But as they say, Third Time Lucky !

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Gemini VI Stafford Ready For Launch #2

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NASA  No.  65-H-2219

15 December 1965

Tom Stafford has a right to look just a bit worried as he sits and waits the final GT-6 pre-launch countdown. But as they say, Third Time Lucky !

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GT-6 Hatches Ready To Close

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NASA  No.  65-H-2220

15 December 1965

Schirra and Stafford are settled in the GT-6 spacecraft with the aid of  NASA and McDonnell White Room personnel a few moments before the hatches are closed.

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GT-6 Mission Control

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NASA  No.  65-H-2222

15 December 1965

A wonderful overall scene inside the mission control near the end of the GT-6 mission launch countdown.

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