National Geographic : 1966 Apr
EKTACHROMESBY JAMES M. GODBOLD (BELOW), WILLIAM TAUB (LOWER). AND JAMES A. LOVELL,JR. Rocketing off in pursuit of Gemini 7, G-6 trails a snowy wake as it streaks into space. Winds aloft twist the plume like a pret zel. Camera-bearing Air Force chase planes sweeping up beside the Titan rocket stripe the sky with smaller contrails. Huge Kennedy Space Center, from 135 miles up, shows as a small bulge on Florida's Atlantic coast as G-7 Astronauts Frank Borman and James A. Lovell, Jr., soar over the peninsula. At this moment, down on Pad 19, technicians labor feverishly to ready G-6 for launch. Command pilot Walter M. Schirra, Jr. (below, foreground), and pilot Thomas P. Stafford check con trols in the cabin. After two thwarted attempts, they roared heavenward on December 15, 1965, to rendezvous with G-7.