Gemini 4 pp 221-237 | Cite as

This thing isn’t very big

  • David J. Shayler
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Looking down on the Earth was one of the highlights of the mission for the astronauts, both in the pursuit of their experiments and in simply seeing the planet in all its glory below them. Meanwhile, the world’s newspapers were reporting a variety of stories related to the mission, but not all were directly concerned with the activities of the astronauts. In the primary recovery area south of Bermuda, the USS Wasp dispatched planes to fly over a Yugoslavian freighter, the Kapetan Martinovic. After being buzzed by the U.S. warplanes, the crew of the freighter informed the Americans that they would be out of the area before the planned landing on June 7. Also during this third day in orbit, the spent second stage of the Titan launch vehicle finally re-entered the atmosphere and was destroyed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Shayler
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  1. 1.Astronautical HistorianAstro Info Service Ltd.HalesowenUK

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