The Road to the Moon Landings – Gemini VII – Paris Match, 1966

In the upcoming two weeks, Iconic Photos would cover the NASA missions to the other space and the Moon as they appeared in leading picture magazines of the time: Life, Epoca, Paris-Match, Look, Sunday Times, etc.

In between December 4 and December 18, 1965, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell spent nearly 14 days in space, making a total of 206 orbits around the earth in Gemini VII. Their spacecraft was the passive target for the first crewed space rendezvous performed by the crew of Gemini VI (which had an earlier name but was launched on December 15 and stayed up only one day).

Gemini VII’s mission was the longest space flight to date (previous record was eight days on Gemini V and Gemini VII would hold its record until Soyuz 9 in June 1970) and required NASA to solve some of the problems of long-duration space flight it would face on a trip to the Moon, such as stowage of waste, timing groundworkers’ shifts to match that of the astronauts time, and impact of space food and nutrition.

The astronauts returned with detailed images made of the earth which was declassified to the mass media after the astronauts landedback. Paris Match devoted the cover of Issue 876 (January 22, 1966) to the trip. The cover had an image of Earth as seen from space with the title: “A Great Exclusive: The Whole Earth Seen From Space.” The magazine also published the logbook kept by four astronauts of Gemini VI and VII inside the magazine.

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