THE FOLLOWING LOT WAS ORIGINALLY IN THE COLLECTION OF ASTRONAUT GORDON COOPER
During training for Gemini 5, Gordon Cooper drew this flight dynamics diagram which illustrates the orbital period and mission timeline of the REP (Rendezvous Evaluation Pod). The REP was a small equipment pod released from the Gemini 5 spacecraft and designed to test rendezvous and guidance capabilities. Cooper’s drawing includes a mission timeline (hr:min:sec) which reads in part: "EJECT REP 2:07:00, 2:29.5 (maximum distance of arch), 2:33 ALIGN PLATFORM, SQ (sequence) BURN 2:59:00" to separate from the pod.
The REP was released as planned, but problems just after that release with the Gemini 5 fuel cell caused the crew to power down the spacecraft and abandoned work with the REP.
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