david r. scott

A Titan booster launched the Gemini 8 spacecraft on March 16, 1966, from launch complex 19 Cape Kennedy, Florida. The flight crew for the planned 3 day mission, astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott, achieved the first rendezvous and docking to Atlas/Agena in Earth orbit.  But the mission was terminated early due to a malfunctioning thruster on the Gemini spacecraft.

I decided to make the most of my Memorial Day break from work and head down to Washington, D.C. to spend three and a half days doing some serious museum-hopping. For as long as admission hours would allow, I spent my time (almost exclusively) soaking up as much information about art, science, and human history as I possibly could. I learned more than I even anticipated, and loved it all. Normally I’d be content in filing away and saving bits of knowledge for myself and keeping them tidy on a shelf until relevant, but of all things I came across, I decided that one fact was of the utmost importance to share with everyone I possibly could: There is a single piece of art on the moon, and it is equal parts poignant and profound, but wholly, unarguably beautiful.

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Astronauts Neil Armstrong and David R. Scott sit with their spacecraft hatches open while awaiting the arrival of the recovery ship, the USS Leonard F. Mason after the successful completion of their Gemini 8 mission, on March 16, 1966. They are assisted by USAF Pararescuemen Eldrige M. Neal, Larry D. Huyett, and Glenn M. Moore. The overhead view shows the Gemini 8 spacecraft with the yellow flotation collar attached to stabilize the spacecraft in choppy seas. The green marker dye is highly visible from the air and is used as a locating aid.

Image credit: NASA