Gemini 9 Launches 48 Years Ago Today (3 June 1966) —— The Gemini-9 spacecraft, carrying astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, command pilot, and Eugene A. Cernan, pilot, was successfully launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 19 at 8:39 a.m. (EST), June 3, 1966. Photo credit: NASA


     The Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden surrounds you with machines from the golden age of rocketry. I realized what a unique place this was, as I stood between the Gemini-Titan II, and the Atlas-Agena rendezvous target, and recalled the harrowing story of Neil Armstrong and David Scott’s Gemini 8 mission. The Agena (pictured in the fifth photo) and the Gemini Capsule (shown in the last photo) performed the first successful docking in space just before their Gemini Capsule malfunctioned, put them into a spin, and they were forced to make an emergency landing in the wrong ocean. It has been speculated that this was the closest anyone ever came to dying in space without actually passing away. 

     The Mercury-Redstone and Mercury-Atlas boosters stand side by side, which our first astronauts bravely flew into the unknown (shown in the sixth photo). The Rocket Garden also displays, a Thor-Delta (first photo), and Saturn IB SA-209, which was set aside for a Skylab mission which never took place (second photo). The next to last photo in the set shows a genuine Mercury-Redstone booster which is displayed in front of the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office.


Young Justice Redesign/Reimagining!

After the disappearance/assumed death of Superman, the criminal and super villain community riots and the Justice League needs back-up. Since the Teen Titans disbanded had long been disbanded, a new team was needed. Under the guidance of Batman and Icon, a new team, Young Justice, was formed from the super powered members of Gotham University! With Robin and Rocket co-leading the group, they set off with the goal of re-establishing balance and peace across the Earth!

Hey I did it! Here are all 10 of my redesigns into one convenient post! I had a lot of fun with this! It was probably pretty obvious I wanted to assemble a team that really highlighted racial/ethnic diversity (and boy were minority superheroes hard to find).

You can read about their backstories and view them individually here: [LINK]

They are (as seen in the group photo from left to right): Girl-13, Superboy, Beast Boy, Batgirl, Rocket, Robin, Equinox, Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, and Aqualad!


First Flight of Project Gemini Was Launched 49 Years Ago Today (23 March 1965) —- Launch view of the Gemini-Titan 3 mission. The GT-3 liftoff was at 9:24 a.m. (EST) on March 23, 1965. The Gemini-3 spacecraft “Molly Brown” carried astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, command pilot, and John W. Young, pilot, on three orbits of Earth.


Gemini 8 Launches Into Space 48 Years Ago (16 March 1966) —- Gemini-Titan 8 (GT-8) spacecraft, carrying astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, command pilot, and David R. Scott, pilot, was successfully launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 11:41 a.m. (EST), March 16, 1966. An attempt will be made to rendezvous and dock the GT-8 spacecraft with Agena Docking Target Vehicle. Photo credit: NASA