Science: The Flight of the Molly Brown

For a few anxious minutes after voice contact was lost with the Gemini capsule Molly Brown last week, the fate of the largest man-carrying spaceship ever launched by the U.S. worried a waiting nation. But the electronic blackout had been made familiar by earlier space shots. And despite the fact that the capsule dropped into the Atlantic about 60 miles short of its se lected landing spot, Molly's three-orbit cruise, like the moon flight of Ranger IX, was an all-but-perfect mission. By changing their course three times, Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young...

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