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Question About Project Gemini  
User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 6
Posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 702 times:

Just a question about the Gemini space program.

1. What rocket did they use to launch the Gemini spacecraft?

Thank You,

Chris Johnson

(I hope this is in the right fourm)


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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 685 times:

Gemini was launched using the Titan booster, which was sizably larger than the Atlas and Redstone boosters used for Mercury. All three of these boosters were actually ICBM missiles, with the warhead replaced by the spacecraft.

Apollo was a whole different story - Way, way bigger.

Charles


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4795 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 683 times:

Which ICBM was the Titan based on? Minuteman II?

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 682 times:

This was Redstone, 21m high:


This was Atlas, 25m high


This was Titan, 31m high


All were liquid fueled, unlike the minuteman, which used solid fuel. The idea of using solid fuel to carry humans was considered crazy right up until the Space Shuttle, which uses 2 solid fuel boosters.

Here's a Minuteman II, 18m high:


Cheers,

Charles


User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 678 times:

Cfalk:

Where did you get the pictures of the missiles from?

Thanks,
Chris


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 677 times:

http://www.index.ne.jp/missile_e/

C.


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