The sign accompanying Gemini 7. It reads
Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. lifted off aboard Gemini VII on December
4, 1965. Their primary mission was to show that humans could live in
weightlessness for 14 days, an endurance record that stood until 1970. Their
spacecraft also served as the target vehicle for Gemini VI-A, piloted by Walter M. Schirra
Jr. and Thomas P.
Stafford, who carried out the world's first space rendezvous on December
15. These two achievements were critical steps on the road to the Moon.
The configuration shown here is the only part of Gemini that returned to Earth.
Behind the heatshield was an adapter section
containing propellants for the maneuvering thrusters, fuel cells for electric
power, and retrorockets to return to Earth. It was jettisoned before reentry.
section was discarded during deployment of the main parachute, and the
spacecraft landed on the ocean with the hatches facing up.
Transferred from NASA
|Length:||2.7 m (9 ft)
|Diameter, heatshield:||2.3 m (7 ft 5 in)
|Weight, launch:||3,670 kg (8,074 lb)
|Weight, landing:||1,500 kg (3,300 lb)
|Manufacturer:||McDonnell Aircraft Corp.