Mrs Cernan, 06/01/66: Barbara Jean Cernan, wife of NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, holds a press conference to express their disappointment in how his promotion to prime crew of Gemini 9A will impact his selection for Apollo missions. Cernan was originally a member of the Gemini 9 backup crew alongside Thomas Stafford. Following the standard crew rotation, the pair was then slotted to serve on the prime crew for Apollo 11, the first mission to land on the Moon. After the original prime crew of Gemini 9, Elliot See and Charles Bassett, died in a plane crash on February 28, however, Cernan and Stafford were promoted to prime crew of Gemini 9A. Consequently, Cernan and Stafford moved up one spot in the rotation, flying on Apollo 10 instead 11. Gemini 9A launched on June 3.