Special Sub-Topic: Mercury and Gemini - the Beginning
|What was the name of Scott Carpenter's space capsule?|
Aurora 7. On Aurora 7, a manual malfunction caused a 250 mile overshoot from his planned landing position!
|What Mercury 7 astronaut never flew a Mercury mission? |
Deke Slayton. Deke was grounded for a heart problem and did not fly on Mercury or Gemini. He finally got a chance to fly in space on the Apollo-Soyuz joint mission in the seventies.
|Who was on Gemini 3, the first manned Gemini mission?|
Gus Grissom and John Young. John Young was also on Gemini 10 and on the first space shuttle mission in 1981, on the Columbia.
|What Gemini mission was the first to rendezvous in space with the Agena target vehicle?|
Gemini 8. During this mission, Armstrong and Scott had to separate from the Agena earlier than planned because a technical malfunction caused the two vehicles to spin uncontrollably.
|Gus Grissom's Mercury flight made him the second American in space. How many times did he orbit the Earth?|
0. Both of the first two Mercury flights (Shepard and Grissom) were suborbital, meaning they did not orbit the Earth.
|Was John Glenn the first man to orbit the Earth?|
n. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, but the first man to orbit the earth was Yuri Gagarin.
|Which two Gemini missions were launched out of order?|
Gemini 6 and Gemini 7. Gemini 6's launch was delayed and so NASA launched Gemini 7 first. The two were to rendezvous in orbit.
|Ed White made the first American spacewalk on Gemini 4. Who was also on Gemini 4?|
Jim McDivitt. Jim McDivitt also flew Apollo. Ed White was killed in a launch pad fire on Apollo 1 during a "plugs out" test.
|Gene Cernan flew on Apollo 17, and was the last man to set foot on the moon. On which Gemini mission did he fly?|
Gemini 9. He flew on Gemini 9 with Tom Stafford.
|Gordon Cooper, one of the Mercury 7, flew on the Faith 7, the sixth and last Mercury mission. On which Gemini mission did he fly his second space mission?|
Gemini 5. He flew on Gemini 5 with Pete Conrad. Gemini 5's slogan was "8 Days or Bust", since one of the Gemini program goals was long-duration flights.
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