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NASA Astronauts

NASA Astronauts

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The National Aeronautics and Space Adminis-tration's space flight team
is
based at Manned Space-craft Center in Houston, Texas. Since the inception
of
the manned space flight program
66
astronautshave been selected.
Of
this number
55
are still par-ticipating in the program on
a
full-time basis.* Theseven original astronauts were named in April
1959.
Additional astronauts and scientist-astronauts havebeen added from time to time.
*
John Glenn
is
a
special consultant to the
NASA
Administrator.Dr. Duane
E.
Graveline and
Scott
Carpenter have resigned. Eight aredeceased.
WASHINGTON,
D.C.
-
OCTOBER
1967
Information concerning other educational publications
of
the NationalAeronautics and Space Administration may be obtained
from
the
Edu-
cational Programs
Division,
Office
of
Public Affairs, NASA, Wash-ington,
D.
C.,
20546.
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A
fter Project Mercury theastronaut
team
devoted fulltime to the Gemini Program,and to preparations
for
manned space flight to themoon in the Apollo Program.The Gemini Program provided scientistsand engineers with much information re-quired for the eventual success of
a
lunarlanding mission. Gemini crewmen
:
provedthat man can exist in
a
weightless environ-ment for
at
least
14
days (twice the numberof days required for
a
lunar landing mis-sion)
;
developed the techniques of rendez-vous and docking, so vital to the Apollo Pro-gram; and proved it is feasible to place onespace vehicle into orbit and utilize
it
later tofurnish propellant power for docked vehicles.The Gemini crewmen also proved thatextravehicular activity for relatively longperiods of time is feasible and that man
is
capable of performing certain duties whileoutside the spacecraft.
1
B
C
A.
Astronauts prepare for space flight.B.Demonstration
of
embarking methodfrom full scale Lunar Module mock-up.
C.
Gemini space suit preflight checkout.

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