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In the Apollo era, landing guidance had gotten quite precise and there wasn't a "huge flotilla" waiting; Apollo 8's recovery force was the largest, with 6 ships waiting for it in each of two landing zones, but groups of 2-3 were more common. The recovery ships were usually positioned a couple of miles away from the designated landing point, and the ...


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The Mercury selection process started on February 2, 1959 with the first meeting at the Pentagon, so I will keep 1959 as the rank evaluation year, which results in the following ranks. (*) denotes some uncertainty in the rank (see remarks below the table). Name Branch Rank in 1959 PG Date of birth 1. Malcolm Scott Carpenter Navy Lieutenant* O-3 May 1, 1925 ...


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On the left in front of Cooper & Grissom is, I believe, a model of an Agena rocket stage, used as the basis for the Gemini-Agena Target Vehicle, which was the uncrewed rendezvous-docking target for some of the Gemini missions. This photo, from 1963, is over two years before the GATV flew, so doesn't reflect the final design. Here's a diagram of the GATV ...


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Al Worden’s 1971 Corvette and Alan Bean’s 1969 Corvette When it comes to information on Corvette, it's best to take a gander at the Corvette Museum has to say. Starting with Alan Shepard and the Freedom 7 capsule launch on May 5, 1961 to the final flight of Apollo 17 on December 11, 1972, GM wanted it's sports car to be associated with NASA. So they made a ...


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The show has a black doctor working at NASA during the Mercury programme, and he seems to be pretty high ranking too. My initial searches didn't turn up any clues, but there was a recap of the episode on CollectSpace that mentioned that the black doctor in episode 7 is a real person. Colonel Vance Marchbanks (portrayed by actor Christopher Mann) was one of ...


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If you skip forward to p11, there's a transcript of her description of the images - it looks like there were three pictures, all connected with the isolation tank tests. It's also worth noting that it was Cobb showing the pictures, not Hart. (Pictures.) So with that we will go ahead with the slides and I will briefly describe these as we go through them. (...


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Jerie Cobb was referring to research being performed at the Holloman Aero-Medical Center, at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Most of the center's work was laboratory testing of simulated space conditions on animals. A few animals were selected as passengers on flights at the nearby White Sands Missile range, including monkeys Able and ...


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Three hours, according to Space Medicine in Project Mercury, p. 55: Isolation: Subject goes into a dark, soundproof room for 3 hours to determine his ability to adapt to unusual circumstances and to cope with the absence of external stimuli. There's a picture of Deke Slayton taking the test on p. 56. It's a chair in a dark room; there's no tank.


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The Baker Nunn camera used a very special film format, ten inches of 55 mm wide cinemascope film, (254 mm by about 46 mm.) From http://bollerandchivens.com/?p=561 So photographic plates or sheets of instant film could not be used, only flexible film on a roll. The Baker-Nunn Satellite Tracking Stations like those at Hawaii were equipped with a darkroom, so ...


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It was via an "Explosive Hatch". This design was first used with the second crewed Mercury Flight, Alan Shepard didn't have such an ability, although he did have a manual latch. The explosive hatch weighed less, and thus was preferred for the orbital missions.


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From NASA-TM-X-57097 found by Tristan: So two manned ballistic flights were done using a heat-sink, not an ablative heat shield. I found an image of such a heat sink. This is a replacement "heat sink" heatshield for the Mercury-Redstone 2 capsule. The original was lost after recovery of the capsule from the ocean and this heatshield did not fly ...


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Excerpt from NASA-TM-X-57097 describing the original design: The heat shield used on Big Joe was geometrically a 74.5-inch diameter spherical segment with a radius of curvature of 80 inches. ... The heat shield consisted of two laminates: an outer ablation laminate, 1.075 inches thick and an inner structural laminate, 0.550 inch thick. The ablation laminate ...


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Although this doesn't really look like a Congressional hearing photo, the source claims it is. The legend says "Jerrie Cobb and Janey Hart testifying before congress. (Netflix)" It may look like this because the testimony was before a Subcommittee and not the full Congress: Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, headed by ...


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From Fundamentals of SPACE GEODESY book, 1976 http://epizodsspace.airbase.ru/bibl/krasnorylov/osnovy/krasnorylov-osnovy-76%20.pdf page 105 § 2. Classification of observation methods for artificial earth satellites. Простейшим телескопом, применявшимся для наблюдений спутников в СССР при первых их запусках, являлась астрономическая трубка АТ-1. Аналогичные ...


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The library of Congress has a picture of these hearings, although it appears to be under copyright, so only a thumbnail of the picture is available on the LOC website.


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Yes, and non explosively at that. A "forward pressure hatch" was provided for unaided, albeit slow access by the crewmember. Doesn't look easy though. Only used on a real mission once, by Carpenter. Heroic Relics Mercury Hatch


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