NASA Space Oddities

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Welcome to Gemini 4!

The second manned Gemini mission, Gemini 4 departed earth at 10:15:59 a.m. Eastern time on June 3rd, 1965. The mission lasted just over 4 days, and highlights included the first American spacewalk. Yes, first American spacewalk. We lost that part of the space race, the first Russian spacewalk had taken place in March of 1965.

With 4 days of material, getting through the Gemini 4 transcripts will take a bit longer than Gemini 3. Enjoy!

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If I’m reading this correctly (big if) the “fireflies” are from vapor that came off a booster rocket.
Also, doesn’t that sound neat? Night one one side and day on another? It’s interesting, in a lot of the Gemini transcripts, at least that I’ve read so far, the astronauts seem easily confused and disoriented. I thought it was weird until I realized that these were among the first people in space, *ever*. No wonder they were disoriented. I’m sure they were educated on the physics of weightlessness, but that is very different from the experience of having your entire environment change in barely fathomable ways in a matter of minutes. And there was hardly anyone who could tell them what to expect, what to really expect, hardly anyone who had been through it before.

If I’m reading this correctly (big if) the “fireflies” are from vapor that came off a booster rocket.

Also, doesn’t that sound neat? Night one one side and day on another? It’s interesting, in a lot of the Gemini transcripts, at least that I’ve read so far, the astronauts seem easily confused and disoriented. I thought it was weird until I realized that these were among the first people in space, *ever*. No wonder they were disoriented. I’m sure they were educated on the physics of weightlessness, but that is very different from the experience of having your entire environment change in barely fathomable ways in a matter of minutes. And there was hardly anyone who could tell them what to expect, what to really expect, hardly anyone who had been through it before.

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