Space: SPACE The Fuel-Cell Flight

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It was scheduled to be the longest space flight on record. It almost became one of the shortest. And the threat to the ambitious mission became doubly dramatic as the fortunes of Gemini 5 oscillated wildly last week between disaster and promise, perfection and near-fatal flaw.

Lift-off from Cape Kennedy, when it finally came, was timed to the second. The countdown clock had not been stopped once−a truly remarkable demonstration of cooperation between men and intricate machines. Rising above its roaring tail in textbook exactitude, the booster flung its capsule aloft with...

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