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Gemini 8 (Spacecraft)


Historical Information

Gemini VIII was launched on March 16, 1966, with Neil A. Armstrong serving as commander and David R. Scott serving as pilot. The primary objectives of the Gemini VIII mission were to rendezvous and dock with the Gemini Agena target vehicle and conduct extra-vehicular activity (EVA) operations. Gemini VIII successfully docked with the target vehicle six hours and thirty-four minutes after liftoff. Because of problems with the spacecraft control system, however, the crew was forced to undock after approximately thirty minutes. The docking and re-rendezvous secondary objectives of the mission were not achieved due to the shortened mission, and Gemini VIII landed on March 17, 1966, in a secondary landing area in the Pacific.


Gemini VIII (Spacecraft). Social Network and Context. Accessed April 11, 2018.

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Neil A. Armstrong papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5
Scope and Contents The Neil A. Armstrong papers document the military, aeronautics, astronautics, teaching and corporate business career of Neil A. Armstrong. The papers also feature items from Armstrong's youth and education. The collection includes but is not limited to documents, coursework, working papers, subject files, correspondence, writings, speeches, recordings, photographs and newspaper clippings. The papers are divided into eighteen series, and further information on the scope and content of the...
Dates: 1671 - 2012; Majority of material found within 1960 - 2012