THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Gemini 6A Launches From Cape Canaveral 53 Years Ago

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Launched December 15, 1965

ABOVE VIDEO: The launch of Gemini 6 – 15th December 1965. Onboard are astronauts Wally Schirra (Command Pilot) and Tom Stafford (Pilot). This is the CBS coverage of the event.

(NASA) – On this day, December 15, 1965, Gemini VI-A launches with Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford on a two-day mission.

They completed the first human spacecraft rendezvous mission with Gemini VII (Frank Borman and Jim Lovell).

Schirra and Stafford were originally supposed to launch in October to rendezvous with a robotic Agena Target Vehicle.

The Agena launch failed, so Gemini VI was replanned to rendezvous with Gemini VII (which launched on a long-duration test flight on December 4.

Gemini VI attempted to launch on December 12, but that launch was aborted at engine start.

Three days later Schirra and Stafford successfully made it to space and met up with Borman and Lovell.

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