Orbital Launch Manifest 1964 (29.0 KiB)

January 21: Launch of Relay 2.

SA-5 Launch

SA-5 Launch

January 24: Successful launch of Saturn I – SA-5. This was the first launch of the Block II Saturn I with the S-I first stage and the S-IV second stage (powered by six RL-10 engines). This was the first orbital launch of a Saturn I.

Ranger Block 3

Ranger Block 3

Ranger Block III

Ranger Block III

January 30: Launch of the first of the Block III Ranger spacecraft, Ranger 6. Impacted Mare Tranquillitatis on 2/2 but failed to return images.
February 19: Launch failure of Venera 3MV-1 #2 (attempted Venus flyby).

February 20: Launch of Echo 2.

February 20: Gemini Projects Office canceled the paraglider landing system for Gemini and determined that all Gemini landings would be water recovery. This was not announced to the public until August.

Early 1964: Alan Shepard experiences several episodes of severe dizziness, vertigo, and nausea and is diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. This results in his disqualification from the astronaut corps.

Luna E-6

Luna E-6

March 21: Launch failure of Luna E-6 #6 (attempted Lunar soft lander). Failed to reach earth orbit.

March 21: Completion of the Mission Control Center (Building 30) at NASA JSC.

March 25: At a meeting of the Gemini Project Office’s Trajectories and Orbits Panel, members of the Flight Operations Division described two mission plans currently under
consideration for the first Agena rendezvous flight. One was based on the concept of tangential Agena and spacecraft orbits, and a second plan, based on a proposal by Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., then of Air Force Space Systems Division, involved orbits which were concentric rather than tangential. The most significant advantage of the second plan was that it provided the greatest utilization of onboard backup techniques; that is, it was
specifically designed to make optimum use of remaining onboard systems in the event of failures in the inertial guidance system platform, computer, or radar.

March 27: Launch failure of Venera 3MV-1 #3 (attempted Venus flyby). Fourth stage did not restart. Also called Sputnik 27.

Zond 1

Zond 1

Zond 1 2

Zond 1 2

April 2: Successful launch of Zond 1 (Venera 3MV-1 #4). This was a Venus flyby that suffered communications failure enroute (the closest approach was 62,000 miles on 7/4).

Gemini 1

Gemini 1

April 8: Launch of Gemini 1 (GT-1) from LC-19. Mission successful after 3 orbits, spacecraft burned up on re-entry as planned after 64 orbits.

April 20: Launch failure of Luna E-6 #5 (attempted Lunar soft lander). Failed to reach Earth orbit.

May 11-14: Space Medicine Branch meeting in Miami Beach, Florida. James G. Gaume, M.D. was elected President. Guest Speaker was Congressman Daddaria from Connecticutt. Maj. Gen. Otis O. Benson, M.D. received the Strughold Award.
Panels were held on “Medical Support for Project Gemini” (Moderated by Dr. Charles Berry)

Program 1964 (329.2 KiB)

Abstarcts 1964 (957.6 KiB)

May13: Little Joe II (A-001) launch with a boilerplate capsule (BP-12) from White Sands Missile Range. It performed a successful LES abort at an altitude of 15,400 ft.

SA-6 on launch pad

SA-6 on launch pad

Saturn I SA-6 Launch

Saturn I SA-6 Launch

May 28: Launch of Saturn I – SA-6 from LC-37B. The payload was a boilerplate Apollo spacecraft (A-101). Launch was successful despite the failure of a center H-1 engine.



May: At an international conference, Vasily V. Parin (Director of IBMP) states that it is doubtful that man can function much past seven days in space as Bykovsky and Tereshkova displayed severe orthostatic hypotension on return from their four-day space flight. They did not show return to normal cardiovascular function until 10 days post-flight.

Parin (3.1 KiB)

NASA Group 1 and 2

NASA Group 1 and 2

June 8: The entire complement of astronauts began launch abort training on the Ling- Temco-Vought simulator. Group 1 (selected April 1959) and Group 2 (September 1962) astronauts averaged approximately 100 runs each whereas Group 3 (October 1963)  astronauts completed 32 runs apiece. The Gemini-Titan 3 launch profile was simulated in detail, including such cues as noise, vibration, pitch and roll programming, and other motion cues which results from various launch anomalies. The training was completed July 30.

Atlas Centaur 063064

Atlas Centaur 063064

Atlas Centaur Launch 3

Atlas Centaur Launch 3

June 30: Launch failure of Atlas Centaur 3 from LC 36A. One of the RL-10 turbopumps failed.
July 28: Launch of Ranger 7 that successfully impacted the Moon (Mare Nubium) on 7/31 and sent back 4308 images.

Ranger VII (24.3 MiB)

August 19: Successful launch of Syncom 3 (geosynchronous communications satellite) on the maiden flight of the Delta D launch vehicle.

August 28: Successful launch of Nimbus 1 (Air Force weather satellite) into a polar orbit from Vanderburg AFB).

Titan IIIA 090164

Titan IIIA 090164

September 1: Launch failure of the first Titan IIIA from LC-20. This was a Titan II with a third (transtage). The transtage failed to pressurize.

SA-7 Launch

SA-7 Launch

September 18: Successful launch of Saturn I – SA-7 from LC-37B. The payload was a boilerplate Apollo spacecraft (A-102).

October 12: Successful launch and mission of Voshkod 1 on only a 16-orbit flight. First multi-manned spacecraft. First medical doctor in space. First soft landing on the ground. The three cosmonauts were Vladimir Komorov, Konstantin Feoktistov, and Boris Yegorov, M.D. The spacecraft was too cramped to wear spacesuits and there was no mechanism for launch abort. Training time for the crew was less than four months as there was a switch of crewmembers for political reasons. Backup medical doctors were Aleksi Sorokin, M.D. and Vasili Lazarev, M.D.

Crew Voskhod 1 (24.0 KiB)

Voskhod 1 (USSR) (1.8 MiB)



October 31: Astronaut Theodore C. Freeman was killed in a T-38 crash on approach to Ellington AFB. He lost engine thrust after a bird strike and ejected at low altitude. He was the first astronaut fatality.

November 5: Launch failure of Mariner 3 from LC-13 on a Delta D launch vehicle. The payload shroud failed to detach preventing deployment of the solar panels.

November 16-18: The “Third International Symposium on Bioastronautics and the Exploration of Space” was held by the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio. It was sponsored by Maj. Gen. Theodore Bedwell and Dr. Hubertus Strughold. The presentations were later published as a book.
Ref – Bedwell TC Jr., Strughold H. “Bioastronautics and the Exploration of Space –Third International Symposium”. Publisher: John Wiley and Sons. 1965.

Mariner 4 Launch

Mariner 4 Launch

Mariner 4

Mariner 4

November 28: Successful launch of Mariner 4 from LC-12 on a Delta D launch vehicle. Closest approach to Mars was 6,118 miles on July 14, 1965. The data collected radically changed the perception of Mars. Extensive cratering found on the 22 photographs that were taken indicated that weather and water erosion had been minimal for several billion that the surface was not protected from solar radiation. The atmosphere was calculated to be only 4.1-7.0 millibars by radio occulation. This was a tenth of the predicted result and meant that water could not exist in liquid or even solid form. The polar caps therefore were now realized to be  composed of CO2 dry ice and not water ice. It also indicated that the atmosphere was almost all CO2 and without water vapor or nitrogen. The conclusion was that Mars was Moon-like and not Earth-like.
November 30: Launch failure of Zond 2 (Mars 3MV-4A #2). Communications were lost enroute. The spacecraft flew by Mars on 8/6/65 with a closest approach of only 1500 km.

Little Joe II 120864

Little Joe II 120864

December 8: Launch of Little Joe II (A-002) with a boilerplate Apollo capsule (BP-23) at White Sands. A successful LES abort at max q dynamic pressure at an altitude of 29,500 ft was demonstrated.

December 9: Attempted launch of Gemini II (GT-2) which resulted in a launch pad abort due to loss of first stage hydraulic pressure prior to release of the hold down.

December 10: First successful launch (second attempt) of a Titan IIIA from LC-20.

AC-4 Launch 121164

AC-4 Launch 121164

December 11: Launch failure of an Atlas Centaur (Atlas Centaur 4) from LC-36A with the Surveyor mass model. Centaur stage failed to restart.

Journal of Aviation Medicine articles:
Guedry, FE, Kennedy, RS, Harris, CS, Graybiel, A. Human performance during two weeks in a room rotating at three rpm.                    JAM    1964    35: 1071-1082.

35111071-1 (291.3 KiB)

Bartlett, RG, Swet, CJ. Cornucopia two-gas atmosphere system for man in space.

35121179-1 (138.1 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 1179-1183.

Bongers, LH. Sustaining life in space–a new approach.

35020139-1 (256.0 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 139-143.

Cohen, LA. Human spatial orientation and its critical role in space. travel.

Spatial Orientation (102.3 KiB)

                                             JAM    1964    35: 1054-1057.

Hazel, J. Radiation hazards and manned space flight.

35050436-1 (152.3 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 436-439.

McCally, M. Plasma volume response to water immersion:  Implications for space flight.

35020130-1 (101.3 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 130-132.

Margaria, R, Cavagna, G A. Human locomotion in subgravity

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                                                         JAM    1964    35: 1140-1146.

Miller, PB, Hartman, BO, Johnson, RLLamb, LE. Modification of the effects of two weeks of bed rest upon circulatory functions in man.

Bedrest (174.7 KiB)

                                                               JAM    1964    35: 931-939.

Miller, PB, Johnson, R LLamb, L E. Effects of four weeks of absolute bed rest on circulatory functions in man.                                      JAM    1964    35: 1194-1200.

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Schaefer, HJ. Radiation field inside space vehicles.

35020104-1 (168.6 KiB)

                                                       JAM    1964    35: 104-110.

Schaefer, HJ. Radiation monitoring on Project Mercury:  Results and implications.

35090829-1 (240.7 KiB)

                                                        JAM    1964    35: 829-833.

Schmidt, I. Is there a moon illusion in space?

Moon Illusion (90.5 KiB)

                                                     JAM    1964    35: 572-575.

Seeler, HW. Complete emergency life sustaining system for spacecraft.

35010037-1 (136.6 KiB)

                                                        JAM    1964    35: 37-40.

Whitset, CE. A Mathematical Model to Represent Weightless Man.

35010011-1 (187.9 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 11-16.

Lamb L. An assessment of the circulatory problem of weightlessness during prolonged spaceflight.

35050413-1 (163.0 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 413-419.

White SC, Berry C. Resume of present knowledge of Man’s ability to meet the space environment.

35010043-1 (135.5 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 43-48.
Classics in Space Medicine – Resume 1964.pdf

Katz FH. Adrenal function during bedrest.               JAM    1964    35: 849-851.

35090849-1 (76.2 KiB)

Adams CR. Lunar landing vehicle helicopter landing simulation study

35010027-1 (267.3 KiB)

                                                          JAM    1964    35: 27-29.

Coe CS, Christensen C. Carbon dioxide management in spacecraft atmospheres.

35020110-1 (160.2 KiB)

                                                        JAM    1964    35: 111-115.

Weber TB, Dickey JR, Jackson NN, Register JW, Conkle MS. Monitoring of  trace constituents in simulated manned spacecraft.

35020148-1 (165.7 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 148-152.

Schone H. On the role of gravity in human spatial disorientation.

35080764-1 (251.5 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 764-762.

Zalusky R, Ulvedal F, Herlocher JE, Welch BE. Physiologic response to increased oxygen partial pressure. III Hematpoesis.

35070622-1 (166.5 KiB)

                                                       JAM    1964    35: 622-626.

Montgomery PO, Rosenblum E, Stapp B. Gravity, radiation and growth.

35080731-1 (164.5 KiB)

                                                          JAM    1964    35: 731-733.

Herlocher JE, Quigley DG, Behar VS, Shaw EG, Welch BE. Physiologic response to increased oxygen partial pressure. I Clinical Observations.

35070613-1 (154.6 KiB)

                                                          JAM    1964    35: 613-618.

Colehour JK. The effects of Coriolis acceleration during zero gravity parabolic flight.

35090844-1 (161.7 KiB)

                                                        JAM    1964    35: 844-848.

Bush WH. Carbon dioxide measuring systems for manned spacecraft.

35100951-1 (167.0 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 951-953.

Geber WF. Hemodynamic variations in the anaesthesized dog during simulated weightlessness.

35100972-1 (178.2 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 972-978.

Cutler RG, Robertson WG, Herlocher JE, McKenzie RE, Ulvedal F, Hargreaves JJ, Welch BE. Human response to carbon dioxide in the low pressure, oxygen rich atmosphere.

35040317-1 (210.9 KiB)

                                                          JAM    1964    35: 317-323.

Lynch VH, Amman ECB, Godding RM. Urine as a nitrogen source for photosynthetic gas exchangers.

35111067-1 (138.2 KiB)

                                                          JAM    1964    35: 1067-1071.

Lamb LE, Johnson RL, Stevens PM, Welch BE. Cardiovascular deconditioning from space cabin simulator confinement.

35050420-1 (228.7 KiB)

                                                          JAM    1964    35: 420-428.

Robertson WG, Hargreaves JJ, Herlocher JE, Welch BE. Physiologic response to increased oxygen partial pressure. II Respiratory Studies.

35070618-1 (153.1 KiB)

                                                          JAM    1964    35: 618-622.

Stapp JP, Taylor ER. Space cabin landing impact vector effects on human physiology.

35121117-1 (701.5 KiB)

                                                      JAM    1964    35: 1117-1133.

Chianta MA, Stoll A. Effect of oxygen enriched atmospheres on the the burning rate of fabrics.

35090870-1 (123.4 KiB)

                                                        JAM    1964    35: 870-873.

Miller PB, Hartman BO, Johnson RL, Lamb LE. Modification of the effects of two weeks of bed rest upon circulatory functions in man.

35100931-1 (239.6 KiB)

                                                        JAM    1964    35: 931-939.

Giovanni CD, Birkhead NC. Effect of minimal dehydration on orthostatic tolerance following short term bed rest.

35030225-1 (108.1 KiB)

                                                         JAM    1964    35: 225-228.

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