Gemini 8



DescriptionGemini 8 (officially Gemini VIII) was the sixth manned spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. The mission conducted the first docking of two spacecraft in orbit, but suffered the first critical in-space system failure of a U.S. spacecraft which threatened the lives of the astronauts and required immediate abort of the mission. The crew was returned to Earth safely. The only other time this happened was on the flight of Apollo 13.
Year of flight1966
Distance travelled (km)293,206
Mission Duration10 hours 41 minutes 26 seconds
Days of mission1
Launch Date16/03/1966
Landing Date17/03/1966
Launch site (Mapping)Cape Canaveral Airforce Station
Landing site (Mapping)25.2300, 136.000
Landing site25.2300, 136.000
Launch mass (kg)3789
OperatorNASA
Mission typeDocking test
Docked toGATV-5003
Days Docked0
Time docked30 minutes
Docking date16/03/1966
Undocking date16/03/1966
Epoch16/03/1966
Reference systemGeocentric
Perigee (km)159.80
Apogee (km)298.70
Orbital period (minutes)88.83
Orbits completed6
Inclination (degreees)28.91
Crew size2
MembersNeil A. Armstrong David R. Scott
Spacecraft typeGemini SC8
Spacecraft ManucaturerMcDonnell
Source (Wikipedia Page)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_8