A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING – On December 18, 1965, Gemini 7 astronauts Jim Lovell and Frank Borman returned from a two-week voyage in space, splashing down in the Atlantic about 6.4 nautical miles from the targeted landing point. Soon U.S. Navy frogmen from the USS Wasp were there to pick them up. As Frank Borman recalled, “We’d been in the water about ten minutes when we saw a Navy frogman’s face in the right window. He plugged in his inter-phone, and his first words were ‘Merry Christmas.’”
December 17, 1965 – Stunning images of Earth captured by the astronauts of Gemini 7 as their craft raced around the planet.
BLURRY BUT BEAUTIFUL – On December 17, 1965, astronauts aboard the Gemini 7 capsule snapped photos of the Earth as they zoomed through space. Some of those images came out less than perfect, but still with an accidental beauty. (NASA/ASU)
December 14, 1965 – Planet Earth, specifically Brazil, as seen from space by the astronauts aboard the Gemini 7 spacecraft as it raced around the world.
(NASA/Arizona State University)
December 4, 1965 – Scenes from the launch of Gemini 7 when astronauts Lovell and Frank Borman went on an orbital odyssey that lasted almost 14 days.
Gemini 7, as seen from Gemini 6 as the two attempt to rendezvous in #space, December 15, 1965.
(San Diego Air & Space Museum)
TODAY IN HISTORY: Gemini 7 splashes down in the Atlantic after two weeks in space, December 18, 1965. (NASA)
December 18, 1965 – Gemini 7 astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell return from two weeks of zero gravity. They’re tired but alright. Says Lovell: “The chief symptom – in fact, the only symptom – which we noticed, was a heaviness of the legs. That’s all.”
December 18, 1965 – Shortly after returning from a two-week journey in space, Gemini 7 astronaut Jim Lovell undergoes an eye examination during a postflight medical checkup aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Wasp.
December 18, 1965 – After a two-week jaunt in space, Gemini 7 astronauts Jim Lovell and Frank Borman slice into a huge space capsule cake as part of a welcome-home party aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp.