National Geographic : 1966 Apr
(ABOVE) AND JAMES A. LOVELL.JR. where we could pack things. We would eat three meals a day, and Frank would very nicely pack the containers in a small bag, and at the end of the day he would throw it be hind the seat. We managed to get nine days' debris behind those seats." The spacecraft returned surprisingly clean. "Other Gemini crews," says Lovell, "have reported that they became increasingly tired due to the fact that one person would be on watch and the other sleeping, and communi cation between the ground and the spacecraft would wake the sleeping person. So we decid ed to sleep simultaneously. "We worked on a Houston day. Our watch es were set on Houston time. We had a regu lar work day, had three meals a day, and then at night we went to bed. We put up light filters in the windows and didn't look out, and to us it was nighttime. "We had absolutely no sensation of move ment. Our world was inside the spacecraft. We even had some books along. Frank had one which was quite apropos: It was called Roughing It, by Mark Twain!" These December flights climaxed a year in which five Gemini teams orbited the earth for a total of 650 hours, covering more than 549 NASA EKTACHROMESBY THOMASP.