Neil Armstrong Air & Space Site Index
Gemini 8 Gallery


Overall view of the top of the command pilot's seat.

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 a rod upward to open the hatches, making way for the ejection seat.

Gemini 8 at Neil Armstrong Air & Space
Time picture taken Sat May 16 11:32:28 2009
Location picture taken First Floor North Gallery
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Wapakoneta, OH
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