Gemini 4 pp 257-266 | Cite as

Final orbits

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


Away from the headlines and listed objectives, eating became a very important part of the mission. The astronauts became hungry every four or five hours and felt completely run down, but upon eating a meal their energy returned. One definite problem on the flight was sleeping. Radio communications or thruster firings disturbed the astronaut trying to get some sleep. The planned four-hour rest cycle simply did not work and a better solution was found, namely a six-hour sleep period followed later by a two-hour nap. Another problem was the housekeeping within the cramped confines of Gemini, particularly once they had decided not to risk reopening the hatch on White’s side to dispose of the unwanted EVA gear. Keeping the trash stowed was important so that the crew were not buried in detritus. But what emerged from all this, as another valuable ‘first’ on this flight, was the real-time flight planning.


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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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