Gemini 3 blasts off
45 years ago on 23 March 1965, the Gemini 3 mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida with astronauts Gus Grissom (left) and John Young (right) on board. This was the first manned flight of NASA’s new two-man capsule.
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Gemini 3 mission (NASA)
I am going to talk to you for a minute about fierce bitches. Specifically, I’m going to talk to you about John Watts Young, the fiercest bitch of them all.
Look at this GQ motherfucker right here. This bitch flew the first Gemini mission AND the first shuttle mission. Oh, and in between that? He went to the moon - fuckin’ twice. Only walked on it once though, but who gives a fuck? You sure as shit didn’t walk on the moon, now did you? And hey, he’ll still do you one better - not only did he walk on that bitch, he fucking drove on it. Fuck yeah.
John Young was at NASA for 42 goddamn years. The answer to life, the universe and everything? He probably knows, but he’s not gonna fucking say anything because he’s too awesome.
In his free time he enjoys bicycling, reading, gardening, kicking ass and taking names.
Gemini X: John Young and Michael Collins.
Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin closing out Project Gemini.
Oh, Buzz. Ohhh, Buzz. What are we going to do with you?
“So…you’re saying ze’s got…space dementia.”
“No, I’m saying the exact opposite. Ze’s got Earth dementia!”
“What the hell is Earth dementia?”
“You’ve seen it. Put zir on solid ground and ze’s irrational, irritable, oversensitive, and generally unfit for duty. You put zir in a ship, and ze’s a different person entirely. Ze was made for outer space.”
As a helicopter hovers above, the Gemini-12 spacecraft with parachute open descends to the Atlantic with astronauts Jim Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin aboard.
15 November 1966
(Via Great Images in NASA)
In 1965 Edward White became the second human and the first American to walk in space (the first was Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov). This restored photo shows him and the 25 foot long gold-plated tether which attached him to his small craft Gemini 4. Ed White was killed in 1967 while training for Apollo 1.
You should love it, these are never-seen-before photos taken during EVA training of astronauts preparing for Gemini & Apollo missions.