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Gemini 12 Gallery


The rod connected to the "leg" of the hatch at right-center is part of the hatch actuator assembly.

Unlike the Mercury and Apollo spacecraft, the Gemini spacecraft did not use a launch escape tower; rather, it was equipped with jet fighter-style ejection seats. In an emergency, a pyrotechnic system would push the rod upward to open the hatches, making way for the ejection seat.

The top part of the command pilot's seat is visible, as well as a grey stowage container (which would be above the commander's right shoulder).

Time picture taken Tue Nov 28 12:02:45 2006
Location picture taken Shoot for the Moon Exhibit
Adler Planetarium
Chicago, IL
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