Space Rocket History Archive

Space Rocket History #77 – Gemini IX-A with Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan – Part 1

July 6, 2018

After the untimely deaths of Elliot See and Charles Basset, NASA assigned the Gemini IX prime crew positions to Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan.  This was the first time in NASA’s manned space flight history that a backup crew had taken over a mission.  The capsule was renamed Gemini IX-A…