Air Force pararescuemen flank Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott, sitting in the Gemini 8 space craft, while awaiting the arrival of the recovery ship, the USS Leonard F. Mason after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean March 16, 1966, in the Philippine Sea. Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., provide first-response contingency medical and rescue support for all NASA shuttle launches. With the advent of the NASA's new capsule-based, manned-spaceflight program, Constellation, Air Force pararescuemen will once again greet astronauts on the high seas following splashdown. (NASA photo)
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