Gemini II B MOL

Click here to watch:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/astrospies/program.html

See the USS LaSalle LPD-3 in Chapter 4 About 1 1/2 minutes into the show.

At Cape Canaveral, a unique rocket configuration was rolled out to the launch pad. Atop the standard Titan IIIC solid rocket boosters was a hollow mock-up of the MOL laboratory, and atop that, workers attached an unmanned Gemini-B capsule. Designers needed to test whether the Gemini's heat shield would still work after the MOL's access hatch had been cut into it. Unlike most NASA launches, there were no astronauts on display.

Some of us were there: First crossing of the Equator.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/astrospies/

Have a great day!

Andy Anderson

USS LaSalle LPD-3

http://video.pbs.org/video/980042464/

The recovery of the capsule is at 33:17 minutes into this video

Added some pages collected by  Robert Hahn EM-3 <roberthahn61@att.net>
" Blast from the Past"  See photos here: http://www.usslasallelpd3.com/class_gallery.cfm?gallery_id=27635&community=y