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Gemini 2
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Mission name: Gemini 2
Call sign: Gemini 2
Number of
crew:
0
Launch: January 19, 1965
14:03:59.861 UTC
Cape Canaveral
LC 19
Landing: January 19, 1965
14:22:14 UTC
16°36′N 49°46′W
Duration: 18 minutes, 16 seconds
Orbits: Suborbital
Apogee: 171.2 km
Distance
traveled:
3,422.4 km
Mass: 3,133.9 kg
Gemini 2
Gemini 2 Reentry (NASA)
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Gemini 2 Reentry (NASA)


Gemini 2 was an unmanned flight in the U.S. Gemini program. Gemini 2 was launched on a Titan II rocket. The flight was a suborbital test of various systems. It later became the first spacecraft flown into space twice when it was sent on an unmanned military mission. Gemini program insignia - NASA File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... It has been suggested that leap second be merged into this article or section. ... Cape Canaveral from space, August 1991 Cape Canaveral (Cabo Cañaveral in Spanish) is a strip of land in Brevard County, Florida, United States, near the center of that states Atlantic coast. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Gemini 2 reentry (NASA) Downloaded from NASA NIX Photo server: http://nix. ... Gemini 2 reentry (NASA) Downloaded from NASA NIX Photo server: http://nix. ... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President • Vice President Federal Republic George... Titan is a family of U.S. expendable rockets. ...


The Titan II/Gemini launch vehicle had to be dismantled to protect it from 2 hurricanes in August and September of 1964. The 2nd stage of the vehicle was taken down and stored in a hangar on 26 August 1964 in preparation for Hurricane Cleo, but the entire launch vehicle was dismantled and removed from Pad 19 in early September before Hurricane Dora passed over Cape Canaveral on September 9th. The Gemini launch vehicle was erected for the final time on 12 September 1964. Hangars can be used to hold airplanes, airships and helicopters. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... This article is about the 1964 hurricane, there was also a Hurricane Cleo, which reached Category 5 but never hit land, during the 1958 Atlantic hurricane season. ... Hurricane Dora was the first and only (to date) hurricane to make landfall on the coast of northeast Florida; more specifically, the metropolitan area of Jacksonville (however, Hurricane Donna in 1960 did produce hurricane-force winds in the Jacksonville area with its center just offshore). ... Cape Canaveral from space, August 1991 Cape Canaveral (Cabo Cañaveral in Spanish) is a strip of land in Brevard County, Florida, United States, near the center of that states Atlantic coast. ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ...

On 11-24-1964 Gemini 3 crew does egress training from Gemini 2 spacecraft. (NASA)
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On 11-24-1964 Gemini 3 crew does egress training from Gemini 2 spacecraft. (NASA)

Many ground tests were carried out on the Gemini 2 and Titan rocket in November, 1964. On November 24, 1964, Gemini-Titan (GT) 2 successfully completed the Wet Mock Simulated Launch, a full-scale countdown exercise which included propellant loading. Procedures for flight crew suiting and spacecraft ingress were practiced during simulated launch. The primary Gemini-Titan 3 flight crew donned the training suits and full biomedical instrumentation, assisted by the space suit bioinstrumentation and aeromedical personnel who would participate in the GT-3 launch operation. As a result of this practice operation, it was established that all physical examinations, bioinstrumentation sensor attachment, and suit donning would be done in the pilot ready room at complex 16. (See photo of GT-3 crew leaving GT-2 launch simulation). Gemini 3 crew doing egress training from Gemini 2. ... Gemini 3 crew doing egress training from Gemini 2. ...


Gemini II had been scheduled for launch December 9, 1964. On that date the countdown reached zero and the stage one engines were ignited. The launch vehicle's Malfunction Detection System detected technical problems due to a loss of hydraulic pressure and shut down the engines about one second after ignition. December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ...


Gemini 2 lifted off from Launch Complex 19 at Cape Kennedy on January 19, 1965 at 9:03:59 a.m. EST (14:03:59.861 UT). It flew a ballistic suboribtal arch over the Atlantic Ocean reaching a maximum altitude of 171.2 km. The spacecraft was run by an onboard automatic sequencer. At 6 minutes 54 seconds after launch retrorockets were fired. The spacecraft landed 3,422.4 km downrange from Cape Kennedy, Florida. The flight lasted 18 minutes 16 seconds. The landing was 26 km short of the planned impact point, and 84 km from the recovery aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Lake Champlain. The spacecraft was brought aboard the carrier at 15:52 UT (10:52 a.m. EST). Most goals were achieved except, the fuel cells had failed before liftoff and were turned off. The spacecraft cooling system temperature also was found to be too high. The Gemini 2 was in excellent condition. Its heat shield and retrorockets functioned as expected. The Gemini 2 mission was supported by the following U.S. Department of Defense resources; 6,562 personnel, 67 aircraft and 16 ships. January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Gemini 2 had flight instrumentation pallets installed in the crew cabin, similar to Gemini 1. Gemini 1 was a 1964 unmanned space flight in NASAs Gemini program. ...


The Gemini 2 reentry module was refurbished and flown again on November 3, 1966 in a test flight for the U.S. Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory program. It was launched on a Titan IIIC rocket on 33-minute suborbital flight from LC-40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Manned Orbiting Laboratory early 1960 conceptual drawing that did not use the Gemini spacecraft. ...



Contents


Instrument pallets

Gemini 2 Instrument Pallets (NASA)
Gemini 2 Instrument Pallets (NASA)


Download high resolution version (600x634, 54 KB)Gemini 2 flight instrumentation From the NASA Gemini Familiarization Manual 1966. ... Download high resolution version (600x634, 54 KB)Gemini 2 flight instrumentation From the NASA Gemini Familiarization Manual 1966. ...


Capsule Location

It is currently on display at the U.S. Air Force Space Museum, Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. Its guidance computer is held at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian castle, as seen through the garden gate. ... Interior of museum, with Gemini capsule, Soviet rockets, and Wright Flyer visible The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the United States Smithsonian Institution maintains the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world. ...


See also

Manned Orbiting Laboratory early 1960 conceptual drawing that did not use the Gemini spacecraft. ... Atlantic splashdown locations of American spacecraft. ...

External links

  • Manned Space Flight Network Performance Analysis for the GT-2 Mission - NASA - May 14, 1965 (PDF format)
 
Project Gemini Gemini program insignia
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Gemini 1 | Gemini 2 | Gemini 3 | Gemini 4 | Gemini 5 | Gemini 7 | Gemini 6A | Gemini 8 | Gemini 9A | Gemini 10 | Gemini 11 | Gemini 12

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Gemini 2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (614 words)
Gemini 2 was launched on a Titan II rocket.
Gemini 2 lifted off from Launch Complex 19 at Cape Kennedy on January 19, 1965 at 9:03:59 a.m.
Gemini 2 had flight instrumentation pallets installed in the crew cabin, similar to Gemini 1.
Project Gemini - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2455 words)
The original intention was for Gemini to use a paraglider instead of a parachute, and the crew to be seated upright controlling the forward motion of the craft before its landing.
Gemini is also the name of the third constellation of the Zodiac and its twin stars, Castor and Pollux.
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