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How NASA Learned to Fly in Space: An Exciting Account of the Gemini Missions: Apogee Books Space Series 46 (Apogee Books Space Series #46)
NASA learned to fly in space in a time when the agency was young and lean, and had an explicit mandate of staggering audacity set against a tight deadline. Apollo claimed the glory, but it was Gemini that stretched the envelope of space flight to make going to the Moon feasible.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Collector's Guide Publishing
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At the beginning of the space race that challenge was to be the first, but those first astronauts and cosmonauts were more spectators than pilots. How do you get two spaceships launched at different times to rendezvous in space? The book gives a glimpse into the history and people the solved that seemingly innocent question. Though the Gemini program is not well remembered it was crucial to the later success of the Apollo program which counted on rendezvous to solve the problem of weight for ...more