NASA History: Gemini V Launched From Cape Canaveral 50 Years Ago

By  //  August 21, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO:  Fifty years ago today on August 21, 1965, Gemini V, the third crewed Gemini flight, launched from Cape Canaveral carrying commander Gordon Cooper and pilot Pete Conrad. (lunarmodule5 Video)

NASA – Fifty years ago today on August 21, 1965, Gemini V, the third crewed Gemini flight, launched from Cape Canaveral carrying commander Gordon Cooper and pilot Pete Conrad.

The 8-day mission broke the Soviet Union’s previous world record, set by the crew of Vostok 5 in 1963, for longest time in space.

The mission’s purpose was to test rendezvous capabilities with the Radar Evaluation Pod (REP) that was ejected from the craft during the second orbit.

Unfortunately, problems developed with the fuel cell and the crew could not rendezvous with the REP.

Back on the ground, fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin developed a plan where the crew could rendezvous with a “point in space.”

The plan worked and the crew executed the first ever precision maneuver during a spaceflight.

The crew completed its mission on August 29, 1965, and landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Fifty years ago today on August 21, 1965, Gemini V, the third crewed Gemini flight, launched from Cape Canaveral carrying commander Gordon Cooper and pilot Pete Conrad. (NASA Image)


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