Gemini 6A



DescriptionGemini 6A (officially Gemini VI-A) was a 1965 manned United States spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. The mission achieved the first manned rendezvous with another spacecraft, its sister Gemini 7. Although the Soviet Union had twice previously launched simultaneous pairs of Vostok spacecraft, these established radio contact with, but came no closer than several kilometers of each other, while the Gemini 6 and 7 spacecraft came as close as one foot (30 cm) and could have docked had they been so equipped.
Year of flight1965
Distance travelled (km)694,415
Mission Duration1 day 1 hour 51 minutes 24 seconds
Days of mission1
Launch Date15/12/1965
Landing Date16/12/1965
Launch site (Mapping)Cape Canaveral Airforce Station
Landing site (Mapping)23.583, -67.833
Landing siteNorth Atlantic Ocean
Launch mass (kg)3546
OperatorNASA
Epoch15/12/1965
Reference systemGeocentric
Perigee (km)161.00
Apogee (km)259.40
Orbital period (minutes)88.70
Orbits completed16
Inclination (degreees)28.97
Crew size2
MembersWalter M. Schirra Jr. Thomas P. Stafford
Spacecraft typeGemini SC6
Spacecraft ManucaturerMcDonnell
Source (Wikipedia Page)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_6A