On Oct 1962 the second astronaut class reported to the Manned Space Center (MSC), Houston. Nickname by the press as “The Next Nine”, they soon were known by the general public by the more descriptive “The Gemini Astronauts”. The best group of astronaut ever to enter NASA service, in my very, very humble opinion.
Clockwise around this gorgeous Gemini model:
The intense Frank Borman; the effective John Young; the fiable Tom Stafford; “Pete” (the one & only); the no-nonsense Jim McDivitt; the unmistakable “Shaky” Lovell, Elliot See and the first american “spacewalker” Ed White (both sadly gone too soon) and the first one on the moon, Neil.