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Gemini 4 pp 40-61 | Cite as

Jim and Ed

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

Abstract

The opinion that the nine astronauts chosen by NASA in September 1962 were perhaps the best group that NASA has ever selected did not just come from their boss, former Mercury astronaut Donald K ‘Deke’ Slayton, who was the Director of Flight Crew Operations at the time of their selection. Over the ensuing years, many within and outside of the program have suggested that the second group of NASA astronauts, chosen primarily for the Gemini program and early Apollo missions leading to the first lunar landings, were the most talented and experienced group of pilots the agency had ever chosen, certainly during the first decade of the Astronaut Office. They have been considered better even than the famed 1959 ‘Original Seven’ Mercury selection, or any of those selected in the several decades since, though the criteria connected with later selections changed considerably from the 1978 group onwards.

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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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