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Why Did Gemini Use Ejection Seats and Not an Escape Tower?

When it came to astronaut safety, why were ejection seats good enough for Gemini astronauts but not Apollo astronauts?

There are different kinds of launch escape systems, but they all do the same thing: they get astronauts out of the way of a potentially deadly rocket explosions. On Mercury and Apollo, the LES was a launch escape tower, a solid-rocket powered tower atop the spacecraft that could rip it away from an exploding rocket, carrying the crew a safe distance away where they would land by parachute. But Gemini used ejection seats, much like the ones fighter pilots used. Why? Well, watch the video to find out!

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