Joe Schmitt

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 30, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

When Norman Rockwell was commissioned by Nasa to depict the first manned Gemini mission in 1965, the artist included Joe Schmitt as one of the two men helping the astronauts, John Young and Gus Grissom, dress for their space flight.

Just off the centre, but integral to the picture, the depiction of Schmitt was a fair reflection of his long career at the American space agency. As one of Nasa’s first suit technicians, responsible for strapping the astronauts into position before launch, he was among the last people they saw on Earth.

A thin, unassuming man, Schmitt spent a week at Rockwell’s studio in Massachusetts. The artist wanted to examine the suits to capture as much detail as possible. Because they were classified material and…

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