The United States Space Agency has released more pictures taken during the flight of Gemini 11, including pictures of the earth taken from the high point of the flight, 850 miles above our planet.
Top curvature of the arch as seen from a distance of 850 statute miles over Australia - capsule antenna can be seen in foreground....
CU - Tether taken from nose of the Gemini capsule going put to Agena as the two vehicles twist and turn (film shot at 1 frame per second).....
Closer view of tether attached to Gemini capsule...
2 shots: LS Tether attached to Agena; tether floating free from Gemini capsule...
Coast line of northeast Africa
Curvature of earth....
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Background: The United States Space Agency has released more pictures taken during the flight of Gemini 11, including pictures of the earth taken from the high point of the flight, 850 miles above our planet.
In the first sequence, you can see the earth in an extreme wide shot, from 850 miles up, with most of Australia and the Indian sub-continent spread out beneath cloud cover. This film was taken by a special 16mm camera mounted outside the hatch of the Gemini 11 space capsule.
Later, with the camera slowed to 1 frame per second instead of the normal 24 frames a second, pictures were taken of an experiment showing the Agena and the Gemini 11 linked by a 100-foot tether...or special cord. The pictures look a little "jumpy" because of the slow speed.
At times the tether was slack, and at other times it was tight as the two vehicles moved further apart or came closer together.
In the final shot of the Agena, we see the tether floating free in space.
The last pictures are stills of the northeast coast line of Africa, the Gulf of Aden at the top centre, and the Arabian peninsula above it. The large body of water in the centre is the Red Sea.