According to NASA, the boldest test flight ever is not the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, Chuck Yeager's breaking of the sound barrier, or even Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space. They argue it is actually the first flight of the Space Shuttle, which is marking its 40th anniversary in April 2021.
Young and Collins were both slightly wary of the flight plan they were tasked with completing, knowing that time would be stacked against them from the second they left the launchpad. Two rendezvous, one docking, a major altitude-changing burn, two spacewalks and 15 experiments in just under three days was a lot to ask.
Broadway musicals, corned beef sandwiches and seasickness aren't exactly things that immediately spring to mind when thinking of spaceflight, but they all nonetheless appear in the story of Gemini 3.
NASA prides itself on training its astronauts to respond to every possible scenario that might arise during a mission into the void of space. A lost wedding ring, however, is not one of those scenarios.
John Young is known for many things, namely landing on the Moon during Apollo 16 in 1972 and for commanding the first ever Shuttle mission in 1981. Less known, however, is the uproar he caused when he smuggled a corned beef sandwich into space in 1965.