|Project Gemini AMU Space
JUNE 6--Wasp recovered Gemini 9 astronauts Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene A. Cernan 345 miles east of Cape Kennedy after their 72-hour space flight on which they made successful rendezvous with another satellite and Cernan spent well over an hour outside the spacecraft.
The astronauts elected to remain in their space craft during the recovery and were hoisted aboard the carrier. This space suit was designed to provide thermal protection to astronauts using the Astronaut Maneuvering Unit (AMU).
The suit is basically a David Clark Gemini G4C suit with leg covers of aluminized material added to prevent heat damage from the AMU thrusters. Astronaut Eugene Cernan wore a suit like this during the Gemini IX-A mission in June 1966 to test the AMU during extravehicular activity.
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