Friday, November 5, 2010

Failure Is Not An Option: Gemini 8 Film

"1966: Gemini 8 (NASA)"

This footage from Gemini 8 is murky at best, but remember this mission went into space 44 years ago. Here's some footage from a near disastrous mission in which the Gemini 8 spacecraft went into a disorientating spin following docking with an Agena Target Vehicle (docking was sort of a dress rehearsal for the eventual Apollo missions). Astronauts Dave Scott and Neil "One Giant Leap" Armstrong somehow managed to pull themselves out of the spin and reentered the Earth's atmosphere without casualty. These two guys were truly badass pilots.