Gemini VIII Mission Image - Agena, 03/16/1966
File Unit: Gemini VIII, 03/16/1966 - 03/16/1966. Photographs of the Mercury and Gemini Space Programs. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Gemini VIII, launched on March 16, 1966, was the twelfth manned American space flight and the first involving the docking of two spacecraft in orbit*, the other being the Agena target vehicle. It was also the first space flight of Neil Armstrong, who would later claim the distinction of being the first man on the moon. However, it was also the first U.S. spacecraft to experience a critical in-space system failure that threatened the lives of the astronauts and required an immediate abort of the mission. This photo, taken from the Gemini capsule, shows the Agena and the west coast of Mexico.
(*Gemini VI and VII had earlier achieved an “orbital rendezvous," maneuvering to within 1 foot of each other while in orbit.)
More at the NASA Gemini Mission Page
The Prime Crew for the N.A.S.A.’s First Manned Skylab Mission Meet the Press in a Final Briefing Prior to Isolation for the Coming Launch of Skylab II
After over 6 years in orbit, Skylab, NASA’s first manned space station, fell back to Earth on July 11, 1979. Shown here is a press photo of the Skylab II mission crew:
HOUSTON, TEXAS — The prime crew for the N.A.S.A.’s first manned Skylab mission meet the press in a final briefing prior to isolation for the coming launch of Skylab II scheduled for launch no earlier than May 15, 1973 from Launch Complex 39-B, Cape Kennedy, Florida, with a Saturn I-B vehicle. The astronauts are (L. to R.) Charles Conrad, Jr., Commander, Paul J. Weitz, Pilot, and Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin, Science Pilot. The mission will be of 28 days duration in a near-circular orbit at an altitude of 432 kilometers (270 nautical miles) and at an inclination of 50 degrees from the equator performing scientific, medical, and technological experiments.
From the Series - Photographs of The Skylab Project, Record Group 306: Records of the U.S. Information Agency
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