Gemini Launch Pad

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<i>Gemini Launch Pad</i>

James Wyeth, 1964, watercolor on paper.

In the early days of manned spaceflight, technicians responsible for a launch worked in a domed, concrete-reinforced blockhouse, protected from accidental explosions. Although surrounded by cutting-edge technology, the technicians relied on a bicycle for check-up trips to the launch pad.

This work is on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Mall building from May 28 to Oct. 9, 2011, as part of the NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration exhibition.

Image Number: WEB11783-2011
Credit: Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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