From 1962 to 1964, NASA used the Paresev to develop the technology for landing the two-man Gemini capsule on land, instead of parachuting into the ocean. Astronauts "Gus" Grissom and Neil Armstrong were among those who piloted the Paresev during several hundred flights at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Ultimately, NASA decided to stick with parachutes and water recovery for U.S. human spaceflight missions.
Image Number: WEB12584-2012
Credit: Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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