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image by Victor Lomantsov, 24 July 2014
The space shuttles have their own flags. They traditionally accompany the OV (orbital vehicle) into the VAB, then onto the launch pad. There are several hanging in the restricted areas of Cape Canaveral; the VAB, the personnel training centers and headquarters buildings among others. A flag of the particular orbiter to be launched is raised while that particular ship in on the pad prior to launch.
Gemini program flag image is a reconstruction after photo in A.Platoff article.
Annie Platoff wrote: "This flag was swallow tailed with the Gemini program identifier..."
1. Anne M. Platoff. Flags in Space: NASA symbols and flags in the U.S. manned space program.
The flag bulletin, Sept.-Dec. 2007, #230
2. Kennedy Space Center
Victor Lomantsov, 24 July 2014
Project Gemini was the second human spaceflight program of NASA, the civilian space agency of the United States government. Project Gemini was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo, with ten manned flights occurring in 1965 and 1966.
Its objective was to develop space travel techniques in support of Apollo, which had the goal of landing men on the Moon. Gemini achieved missions long enough for a trip to the Moon and back, perfected extra-vehicular activity (working outside a spacecraft), andorbital maneuvers necessary to achieve rendezvous and docking. All Gemini flights were launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida using the Titan II Gemini launch vehicle ("GLV").
After the existing Apollo program was chartered by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961 to land men on the Moon, it became evident to NASA officials that a follow-on to the Mercury program was required to develop certain spaceflight capabilities in support of Apollo. Originally introduced on December 7 as Mercury Mark II, it was re-christened Project Gemini on January 3, 1962, from the fact that the spacecraft would hold two crewmen, seated abreast, as gemini in Latin means "twins" or "double". Gemini is also the name of the third constellation of the Zodiac and its twin stars, Castor and Pollux.
Esteban Rivera, 17 August 2014