Science: Chasing an Angry Alligator

Twice the launch had been scrubbed, once on May 17 when the Agena target failed to orbit, and again earlier in the week when Gemini 9's on-board computer rejected vital data three minutes before liftoff. Now, for the third time, Astronauts Tom Stafford and Eugene Cernan wearily returned to the pad at Cape Kennedy for a mission that had the earmarks of a rueful joke.

On a placard placed over the Gemini hatches by back-up Astronauts Jim Lovell and Ed Aldrin, they read:

We were kidding before, But not any more. Get your—er—selves into...

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