Virgil Grissom and John Young

Virgil I. Grissom and John Young during training for the Gemini 2 space mission.

Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John Young during training for the first manned spaceflight of the Gemini spacecraft. Here we see them training for their upcoming Gemini 3 spaceflight. This mission will be the first flight of the new two man Gemini space vehicle on March 23, 1965. The craft was unofficially named ‘The Molly Brown’ which was a reference to the well known actress Molly Brown who was one of the survivors of ‘Titanic’. Because at the time of the loss of the Titanic and her surviving the sinking of the vessel, she became known in later lit as ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’. Of course this was a direct reference to the loss of Gus Grissom’s ‘‘Liberty Bell 7’ space vehicle during its recovery upon his first spaceflight in July 1961. The naming of this Gemini Spacecraft ‘Molly Brown’ was not liked in general by NASA. After this mission NASA stated that all further manned space vehicles will only be known by the mission name. Image Courtesy of NASA.

Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John Young during training for the first manned spaceflight of the Gemini spacecraft. Here we see them training for their upcoming Gemini 3 spaceflight. This mission will be the first flight of the new two man Gemini space vehicle on March 23, 1965. The craft was unofficially named ‘The Molly Brown’ which was a reference to the well known actress Molly Brown who was one of the survivors of ‘Titanic’. Because at the time of the loss of the Titanic and her surviving the sinking of the vessel, she became known in later lit as ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’. Of course this was a direct reference to the loss of Gus Grissom’s ‘‘Liberty Bell 7’ space vehicle during its recovery upon his first spaceflight in July 1961. The naming of this Gemini Spacecraft ‘Molly Brown’ was not liked in general by NASA. After this mission NASA stated that all further manned space vehicles will only be known by the mission name. Image Courtesy of NASA.

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