Gemini: The first approaches to exploring and working in space

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Project Gemini’s start actually came about because of Apollo. The first approach for getting to the Moon was a direct ascent technique, in which a gigantic rocket, the Nova, would launch an assembled vehicle that would travel to the Moon, land there and return to Earth. A competing approach, use of lunar orbit rendezvous to permit only a small vehicle to land on the Moon, promised considerable weight savings and a shorter and less risky development time — less risky, that is, if the techniques of rendezvous and docking could be quickly and safely demonstrated. As stated in the Preface to On the Shoulders of Titans — A History of Project Gemini: “Gemini was first and foremost a project to develop and prove equipment and techniques for rendezvous.”


Development Time Lunar Orbit Weight Saving Considerable Weight Small Vehicle 
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