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Gemini 7: Two Weeks in the Front Seat of a Volkswagen

26 Mar 2020, 06:21 UTC
Gemini 7: Two Weeks in the Front Seat of a Volkswagen
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With the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) routinely spending six or more months in orbit, it is sometimes forgotten that only a few decades ago the first flights of such length were just being attempted and their effects on the human body were largely unknown. It has taken over a half a century of experience to develop the techniques needed for people to remain healthy and productive in space for months at a time as well as adapt to Earth’s environment after returning.
During the opening decade of the Space Age, NASA tasked its Gemini program to perform a series of long duration missions of increasing length to determine if a crew could perform adequately over the anticipated time needed for Apollo to perform a mission to the Moon. The ultimate long duration mission was that of Gemini 7 launched in December 1965 with its crew of two spending a then record-setting two weeks in orbit. While only a fraction of the length of today’s tours on the ISS with its large internal volume and many faciities, it pushed the limits of what was then known. And with its very limited internal volume, the press at the time ...

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