Gemini 3 in Photos: The 1st Crewed Flight of NASA's 2-Person Spaceship

Important Details


Also in the suiting trailer at Pad 16, astronaut John W. Young checks his helmet with a technician before liftoff.

Training for All


On Feb. 26, 1965, astronaut Thomas P. Stafford participates in a suiting operation at Pad 16. Stafford is the pilot chosen for the Gemini-Titan 3 backup crew.

Merritt Island Test Run


On Jan. 6, 1965, the Gemini 3 crewmembers — stronaut Virgil I. Grissom (left), and John W. Young — discuss test plans before accessing the Gemini 3 Spacecraft for a communications test at Merritt Island.

Testing the Module


Inside the Gemini 3 spacecraft at the Merritt Island launch area, the prime crew — astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young, on the right, participate in a communications test.

Launch Pad Area


On the Boresight Range at Merritt Island, the Gemini 3 spacecraft sits on its tower. The simulator is visible in the foreground.

Up to the Top


At Complex 19 prior to mating, the Gemini 3 spacecraft is raised to the white room above the launch vehicle.

Putting the Pieces Together


In the white room of Pad 19, the Gemini 3 spacecraft is mated with the Titan II launch vehicle.

Exit Training


On Nov. 24, 1964, astronauts John W. Young, Walter M. Schirra Jr., Thomas P. Stafford and Virgil I. Grissom (left to right), participate in egress training at Launch pad 19.

Ground Zero


The first manned Gemini mission launches from Merritt Island on March 23, 1965. The Gemini 3 spacecraft "Molly Brown" carried astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, command pilot, and John W. Young into space.

Control Center


Inside the Gemini spacecraft, the cockpit is where the magic happens.

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