A Guide to the NASA Project Tapes, 1963-1966 NASA Project Tapes Ms2001-020

A Guide to the NASA Project Tapes, 1963-1966

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2001-020


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Special Collections, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
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Email: specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/

2020 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Jenna Slezak, Student Assistant, and Laurel Rozema, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
NASA Project Tapes, 1963-1966
Physical Characteristics
0.4 Cubic Feet; 1 box
United States. National Aeronautical and Space Administration
This collection contains 16 reel to reel audio tapes of various NASA projects from 1963 through 1966. These tapes include news conferences from Kennedy Space Center and pertaining to Projects Gemini and Mercury, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, and other astronauts. These tapes also include some recordings of launchings and landings from these projects.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the NASA Project Tapes must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: NASA Project Tapes, Ms2001-020, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to Special Collections in June 2001.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the NASA Project Tapes commenced and was completed in January 2020. Minimal description was completed in 2014.

Scope and Content

This collection comprises 16 reel to reel audiotapes of various NASA projects and news conferences from the Kennedy Space Center from 1963 through 1966. The tapes pertain to Project Mercury and Project Gemini (3, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 11). Some tapes include audio of launching and landing from the projects. The crew members included from Project Mercury are John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter M. Shirra, and L. Gordon Cooper, and the crew members from Project Gemini are Gus Grissom, James A. McDivitt, Edward H. White II, Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas P. Stafford, Pete Conrad, Gordon Cooper, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and John Young.


The collection is primaily arranged chronologically.

Index Terms


  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Science and Technology
  • Organizations:

  • United States. National Aeronautical and Space Administration

Contents List

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, Glenn #1
box-reel 1
Audio Reel, Glenn #2, 1962-02-20
box-reel 1
Audio Reel, Executive Board, Glenn #3, 1962-02-20
box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1962-04-07
Scope and Content

Side 1 - Meeting

Side 2 - John Noble (?)

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1962-05-24, 1969-06-08
Scope and Content

Side 1 - Carpenter #2 landing

Side 2 - Tennesse Ernie Ford

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1962-05-24
Scope and Content

Side 1 - Second Astronaut, Carpenter #1

Side 2 - Little over 3 hours of flight, thru 11:41am

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1962-10-03
Scope and Content

Side 1 - Third Astronaut (Walter) Wally M. Shirra

Side 2 - Walter M. Shirra - almost 1st half of 2nd side, Lots of Pete towards end

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1963-05-15
Scope and Content

Side 1 - L. Gordon Cooper's take off

Side 2 - Grace Carr

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, Kennedy, 1963-11-22
box-reel 1
Audio Reel, Kennedy #2
box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1965-06-03, 1965-06-07
Scope and Content

Gemini 4 flight take off about 10:15am, McDivitt, White - last part of the tape

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1965-06-07, 1965-06-10, 1965-06-11
Scope and Content

Side 1 - Landing of Gemini 4

Side 2 - Last half - landing from Wasp and boarding plane for Houston, Very last - news conference

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1965-06-11, 1966-06-03, 1966-06-06, 1966-09-12
Scope and Content

Side 1 - News Conference of McDivitt and White

Side 2 - Launching, Cernan and Stafford, Successful landing of Gemini 9, Gemini 11 - just a few feet left on end

box-reel 1
Audio Reel, Cooper and Conrad Gemini V, 9:00am, 8 day mission, 1965-08-21
box-reel 1
Audio Reel, 1965-10-25, 1965-12-04, 1965-12-18, 1966-03-26, 1966-05-18
Scope and Content

Side 1 - Shirra and Stafford did not go, Atlas Agena did not go, Gemini VII Frank Borman - Jim Lovell, Splash down, 9:05am

Side 2 - News report of Neil Armstrong, David Scott, not all used, Agena - 10:15am lost the bird, Gemini 9 scrubbed for today

box-reel 1
Audio Reel
Scope and Content

Side 1 - Gemini III "Molly Brown", 2-man shot, Grissom, Young

Side 2 - Splash down, News conference